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CenterPoint Energy Announces $1.5M in COVID Aid

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CenterPoint Energy of Houston, which delivers natural gas to about 400,000 homes and businesses in Arkansas, has committed $1.5 million through its foundation to nonprofits, agencies and others working to ease the pain of the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas it serves.

The utility’s COVID-19 Relief fund will get about $1 million in direct contributions, and up to $500,000 in matching gifts for employees’ contributions qualifying nonprofits and charities.

“During this challenging time, the safety and well-being of CenterPoint Energy’s customers, employees, contractors and communities we serve remain a top priority,” John W. Somerhalder II, interim president and CEO of CenterPoint, said in a company statement.

“We hope to assist the most vulnerable of our population who are experiencing significant challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.”

Qualifying nonprofits in CenterPoint Energy’s utility footprint of Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas will be eligible to receive grants. Organizations that are interested in applying for a CenterPoint Energy COVID-19 Relief Fund grant should visit www.centerpointenergy.com/cnpgives.

CenterPoint continues to provide additional support to customers regarding their utility service. As previously announced, the company will support customers who may need payment assistance, arrangements or extensions during the COVID-19 crisis. The company has also temporarily suspended natural gas service disconnections for nonpayment.

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