Get help with Utility Bills! Do you need emergency help with utility bills? It is devastating to be sitting in your home and suddenly the lights go out. No, it isn’t a bad light bulb; your electricity has been turned off! Maybe you received you check late, or you are between jobs and didn’t have the money.
It is comforting to know, there are local, state agencies as well as government grants to help you pay utilities, electric, and oil bills. You can get assistance from government agencies as well as community organization or charities like Goodwill Industries, Catholic Charities and other not for profit agencies.
These financial grants are given out based on gross family income, and the availability of funds. You will receive a portion of the amount needed to keep you lights on or get services restored. Sometimes you will need to go to more than one organization to get the whole bill paid.
Emergency Help with Utility Bills and More
The first place you want to seek help is your utility company. Many utility and electric company have programs to help low-income families with emergency help with utility bills. To prevent your services being turned off, contact your utility company, as soon as you know you are having a problem paying.
They can set up a payment plan by splitting a 12-month bill cycle into equal amounts. This was each month you will know exactly what you owe. Contact your utility company, to see how they can help you.
LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
The LIHEAP grant aids low-income consumers with a one-time check to help with heating or utility bills. You may qualify even if you work, as long as your income meets Federal Poverty Guidelines. Checks are sent out the first week of January, made out in the consumer’s name.
The end of the year is the time many households have a balance that needs to be paid for the previous year. They also provide emergency help families struggle to pay heating bills. This money can help consumers to begin the new year with a zero balance. ThThere are other locations such as churches, school and community agencies that can enroll for this benefit. Register for LIHEAP!
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The Home Weatherization
The federal government gives grants to homeowners to make needed repairs on their property. This program, makes repairs, not necessarily to beautify a home, but to make it a safe place to live and energy efficient.
- Leaky roofs
- Mold removal
- Storm Clean up
- Repair stairs
- Storm damage
- Handicap ramps
- Septic and Well repairs
- Removing lead paint
- Furnace repair and replacement
Do you Quality for a Home Weatherization Grant?
If you receive Supplemental Security Income, VA disability Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are eligible to receive a weatherization grant. Contact the government agencies above, for a full list of qualification for the program. Apply Here. Who is eligible?
- Families with children
- Household with disabled people
- People over 60 years of age and older
- Gross family income at or below Federal Poverty Guidelines (See above)
State Assistance Programs
If you are too late to register for LIHEAP this year, there are other programs that can help with heating and utilities. Always check with your power company to see what programs they offer, to help you manage and save on your bills. Take advantage of the energy efficient light bulb program. You can receive free energy saving bulbs, to help you experience more savings.