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Oct. 23, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson’s Outreach Forum Supports Area Agencies 

Sharing critical information on assistance programs for local families in need was the focus of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation’s Consumer Outreach Forum, hosted in October. The forum brought together utility representatives with local not-for-profit organizations and state and county agencies that provide services to the region's most vulnerable residents. More than 60 representatives from 24 agencies participated in this year’s event.

“Central Hudson offers programs to assist customers who may be struggling financially, and we recognize the importance of working together with local agencies in support of their missions to serve those in need,” said Charles A. Freni, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. “Our Consumer Outreach Forum offers an opportunity for the region’s community service organizations to exchange ideas, share information on assistance programs and build relationships, as we rely on these valued partnerships to best serve our customers.

“This event, previously held biannually, is now held annually to address these important issues and to keep attendees current on the available programs and services offered by Central Hudson and participating agencies,” said Freni. This event year was Central Hudson’s 18th Consumer Outreach Forum.

Representatives from Central Hudson presented on the Good Neighbor Fund and other payment assistance programs; and CenHub, Central Hudson’s online customer portal providing information on energy efficiency programs and incentives, and discounted products for energy savings on the CenHub Store.  Services for veterans and military families were shared, including a veteran’s discussion panel, a presentation on the Year of the Veteran initiatives, a special grant for qualified veterans through the Good Neighbor Fund and information on the Troops to Energy program supported by Central Hudson to pair veterans with employment opportunities in the energy industry.

Keynote speaker Gary Wrobel of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, provided information on the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), a grant available to income-qualified families. HEAP recipients are eligible for Central Hudson’s utility bill discount program, available to customers who heat with electricity, natural gas, oil, propane, wood and other fuels.  

For more information on Central Hudson's assistance programs, visit www.CentralHudson.com/paymentassistance and www.CentralHudson.com/specialassistance.

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Left: Central Hudson Consumer Outreach Representative Danielle Whiteley, right, exchanges program information with Xavier Garrett of the Newburgh Salvation Army

Below: Central Hudson’s Consumer Outreach Forum, hosted in October, brought together utility outreach and customer service representatives with local not-for-profit organizations and state and county agencies that provide services to the region's most vulnerable residents. Left,