VERBUND Electricity Assistance Fund with Caritas
The VERBUND-sponsored Electricity Assistance Fund set up by Caritas helps needy people in Austria free themselves from the "energy trap".
Often a below-average income goes hand in hand with above-average energy usage. Michael Landau, President of Caritas Austria, counts on help that really lends a hand. "With our partner VERBUND, we make it possible for affected persons to get professional energy consulting, replacement appliances and bridge financing for electricity bills. These are exactly the kinds of assistance that we are asked about again and again."
How help arrives
Affected people can contact more than 30 Caritas social counselling centres across all the federal states. First, the individual situation is analysed and the right measures identified. The fund can be utilised regardless of which energy company the household gets its electricity from. Between 400 and 500 households can be supported in this way each year. VERBUND also finances the energy consulting, some of which incurs a fee, and organises the support services, such as transporting the replacement appliances. Other companies are also invited to participate in the 3-pillar principle of the electricity assistance fund.