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Ward-Pugh, Metro Council and LG&E support Metro Match program to help with Heating Assistance

Monday January 11, 2010

For Immediate release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: tony Hyatt 574-4137-526-3622

Below freezing temperatures in the first 11 days of January have again shown the important need to help low income residents with their heating bills. That is why the Louisville Metro Council and Louisville Gas and Electric are again focusing on a new program of assistance called “Metro Match.”

“The harsh cold of 2010 and the tough economic situation many are facing is all the more reason why this program is vital for so many families in Metro Louisville,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9). “

What started back in 2001 when then Alderwoman Tina Ward-Pugh approached LG&E with the idea to match up to $5,000 for United Crescent Hill Ministries, has now expanded metro-wide.

Metro Match is a program that will work with the 15 members of the Association of Community Ministries. The Ministries will be encouraged to raise up to $7,000 in private donations for heating assistance. Those donations will be matched $1 for $1 by members of the Metro Council and LG&E.

“The Community Ministries have become an important resource for many who are just trying to survive in this economy,” says Ward-Pugh. “Coping with the frigid weather should not be yet another worry for those who are trying to take care of their families.”

Ward-Pugh says she will invite her colleagues to get involved with “Metro Match” by contributing money from their Neighborhood Development Funds. The program will be operated by the Community Ministries and those who qualify will be awarded assistance based on income.

“Once again, LG& E, (EON) and their employees have shown how they care for our community,” says Ward-Pugh. “I want to thank them for their support.”

The Metro match program will begin today, January 11th and last through the end of April. Those interested in learning about the program and applying for help, should contact any of the 15 member Area Community Ministries in Metro Louisville. Visit www.louisvilleministries.org for a listing of the area’s Community Ministries.

Sponsor:
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9