Duke Energy states it's committed to supporting our customers during economic hardship.

Duke Energy states it's committed to supporting our customers during economic hardship.

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As customers and communities across the state continue to feel the burden of higher living costs, Duke Energy is dedicating $600,000 to 10 Florida-based assistance programs to help customers cover household expenses.

This is in addition to a $100,000 contribution Duke Energy Florida announced last week to Share the Light Fund agencies to distribute to individuals and families in need.

"Duke Energy is committed to supporting our customers during this time of continued economic hardship," said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president. "We realize that we can do so much more together than alone, so we are grateful to work alongside these community allies to provide much-needed relief to our customers."

Duke Energy Giving Back to the Community

Duke Energy Florida customers may qualify for assistance to help meet a wide range of needs, including utility bills, housing, food, and other essentials.

Heart of Florida United Way's emergency assistance is one example of the available programs. The local agency received $160,000 from Duke Energy to help families with rental/mortgage assistance and utility bills.

"Every day, we have hundreds of people across Central Florida turn to us for help," said Jeff Hayward, president & CEO of Heart of Florida United Way.

"Unfortunately, the need for help continues to grow substantially. Duke Energy's support of emergency financial assistance comes at no greater time, and we look forward to stabilizing more families and neighbors, bringing assistance to those that need us most."

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares is another organization that received $160,000 to provide customers with immediate assistance to prevent evictions, keep utilities (electric and water) connected, as well as assist with transportation to health appointments, get food and obtain employment.

"Our Hope Fund helps individuals, families with children and seniors in Pinellas County who are facing unexpected financial hardships," said Micki Thompson, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares president and CEO. "Together with the support from Duke Energy and other community champions, we are able to provide an immediate solution for our families in crisis."

In other recent news, Duke Energy is committed to helping those during crises. In June, donated more than $500,000 in microgrants to those who were affected during the hurricane season in South Carolina.

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