Government shutdown may impact some Jefferson County families

(Kaitlin McCulley/CBS42)
(Kaitlin McCulley/CBS42)

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Families in Jefferson County who receive financial assistance from the JCCEO for heating and cooling bills may not be getting those checks in the coming months.

The Jefferson County Committee for Economic Development uses federal dollars to fund that program. If Congress does not pass a budget in the next few days, those dollars will stop flowing into the hands of families in need.

Dr. Marquita Davis is the executive director of the JCCEO.

“We’re still operating out of 2013 money, but if it moves far into October, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble,” Davis said. “We will not be able to help those families with heating and cooling assistance. “

Sherri Goodman with Alagasco said customers should contact the company if they are having trouble paying their gas bill after October 1st.

“We can help them with a payment arrangement or through an assistance agency,” Goodman said. “We will do our best to help customers find a solution if at all possible.”

Davis said the government shut-down will have far-reaching effects, including stopping funding for meals in public schools.

The JCCEO also runs the Head Start program, which prepares young children to enter school. That program is on a different funding cycle and will not run into any financial trouble until January 1, 2014.

To contact Alagasco about your gas bill, call 1-800-292-4008.

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