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my electric is about to be shut off....(deep breath...)

I decided not to do this anon...because I believe I am NOT the only mom in this position...
my SO is working all the hours possible, I have applied for many jobs only to have them not pan out...we are truly doing all we can, and we are about to lose our home due to electric bill... we are in northern IL, I have called Liheap(got a recorded mess) called local one can help until july 15th(and our shut off is the 6th)...
so not asking for charity, asking for informtion. this is not how I want to be, or live permanently, but will do anything to help and protect my family.
thanks mamas....


Asked by Bearsjen at 3:25 PM on Jul. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (48)
  • I have been in your situation a few times ... have you tried local churches for some help?
    How about your local salvation army...
    Also have you tried trying to make temp agreement with your electric co...
    Believe me, I do so understand your situation ...
    I hope things work out for you and yours..

    Answer by gmasboy at 3:29 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Can you call the company and ask for an extension? Call all numbers you can find on your electric company and keep calling til you get someone. Most will allow you a week or two extension.. Especially in the summer or winter times.

    Answer by xxlilmomma09 at 3:27 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Salvation army, churches (even if they can't help directly they may know less publicized programs that can). And by churches, don't just think Christian - try any "religious organization". What you should absolutely not do is look into one of those payday loan things - if you miss the payback the interest rate shoots up to ridiculous amounts. There's also pawn shop, anything you have that might be worth anything. Friend of mine works at one on weekends and she says they get all kinds of weird stuff - dvd's, old video games, tools.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:29 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • I would call the company explain you have small children and if there is anything you can do (besides paying the bill in full) to keep it from being shut off - like a payment plan or something.....

    Answer by Mommy_0f_many at 3:28 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Call them and explain your situation. I know that with my electric company as long as you are touching base, and making payments, even if its not the FULL bill...they wont shut you off.

    Answer by Auntiemom410 at 3:29 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • I honestly don't know how having your electricity turned off means you are going to lose your home.

    But first, call the electric company and tell them they CANNOT turn the electricity off because you have a baby, tell them you need a payment plan to get caught up and ask for the extension until the 15th, check the laws in your state, most states the elec or gas company is legally not allowed to shut your service off if you have a child that is 5 or under.

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 3:30 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Have you tried calling 211? That number usually covers most local aid all over the country.

    Answer by matthewscandi at 3:30 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Thanks Crissy, I was wondering wth I missed, there!

    Answer by 29again at 4:52 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Our electric company has a program called "Thinking of Others" where people donate an extra $1 on their bill in case someone in the area has trouble paying their bill. Maybe yours has a similar program?

    Answer by makelineerror at 3:27 PM on Jul. 1, 2010

  • Can you contact your local Welfare office? I know that here in Ohio they offer a PRC program. Its an emergency fund any individual can get up to $800.00 per year in an emergency situation such as eviction or shut off notices or car breaking needing fixed. It take about 2 days once you apply.
    Theres also a plan here that gives you an extended 30 days to pay if your doctor or one of the childrens doctors calls them.
    Good luck, I've been there a time or two. Just hang in there and don't give up.

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 3:29 PM on Jul. 1, 2010