Jan. 11, 2010
PNM, Salvation Army Offer Help with Electric Bills
Albuquerque: The Salvation Army and PNM have joined hands again this year to provide help with electric bills. Starting today, applications for the PNM Good Neighbor Fund can be made at Salvation Army locations throughout the PNM service territory. Help will be available year-round.
The Good Neighbor Fund, which provides a one-time-a-year grant to qualified PNM customers, is made possible by customer and employee donations matched by PNM shareholders.
“The Good Neighbor Fund can be an important source of help for someone in crisis,” said Morgan Patterson of the Salvation Army.
Eligibility for help is based on the number of people in the household and the total income. Consideration is also given if a family member is hospitalized or has recently lost their job.
To receive help, first apply for the New Mexico Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through the New Mexico Department of Human Services. (Whether or not someone was approved for LIHEAP assistance, they may still qualify for the Good Neighbor Fund.) Then, apply for the Good Neighbor Fund in person at Salvation Army offices accepting applications, and bring the following:
PNM officials also advise customers who are concerned about paying their bills to contact PNM as soon as possible to discuss a payment arrangement.
For information about qualifications and for Salvation Army office locations accepting Good Neighbor Fund applications near you, visit PNM.com and follow the links for “Help Paying My Bill.” To contact the Salvation Army, call (505) 881-4292.
To discuss a payment plan or get information about your PNM account, call PNM at 1-888-DIAL PNM (1-888-342-5766).
PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, N.M. PNM provides electric utility service to 497,000 customers in New Mexico. The company also sells power on the wholesale market in the West. PNM Resources stock is traded primarily on the NYSE under the symbol PNM. For more information, see the company's Web site at PNM.com.