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Baltimore, Maryland Low Income Water Assistance Program

  

Faced With Turn-Off Or Delinquent Water Bill Account? Maybe We Can Help!

The cost of providing water to almost two million people each day is directly tied to the cost of fuel, electricity and federal mandates.

This means that some of our citizens with limited incomes are finding it harder to make ends meet. That is why Baltimore City is offering assistance to those who may be having problems paying their water bills.


Please contact your nearest Baltimore Community Action Center (see below) for more information on how we may be able to help you.”

Who is eligible?

  • You must be a Baltimore City resident, the utility account holder and receive your water bill directly from the City.
  • You must reside at the property on the account.
  • You must have received a delinquent, turn-off, or tax sale notice due to being in arrears.
  • You must not have an existing payment plan with the Department of Finance.
  • You must have verification documents for eligibility.

Once approved:

You must pledge to make consistent payments on your unpaid and current balance. You will receive a credit of $125.00.

You must meet the household income guidelines below:

 

Household Income Guidelines Table (Reflects 175% of the Federal Poverty Threshold)
Household Size Max. Monthly Income Max. Yearly Income
1 $1,488.96 $17,867.50
2 $1,996.46 $30,047.50
3 $2,503.96 $30,047.50
4 $3,011.46 $36,137.50
5 $3,518.96 $42,227.50
6 $4,026.46 $48,317.50
For each additional person, add $507.50 $6,090.00

 

 

Baltimore Housing Community Action Centers

 

 
Southeast Community Action Center
Diann Baker, Director
3411 Bank Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
(410) 545-6518
Fax: (410) 545-6511
Eastern Community Action Center
Desiree Mack, Manager
1401 East Preston Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21213
(410) 396-9468
Fax: (410) 545-7955
Northern Community Action Center
David Smith, Manager
5225 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
(410) 396-6084
Fax: (410) 545-7960
Western District Community Action Center
Emmanuel Holmes,
Social Program Administrator III
1133 Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21217
(410) 396-0893
Fax: (410) 396-0366
Northwest District Community Action Center
Diane Jones, Manager
3314 Ayrdale Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21216
(443) 984-1384
Fax: (410) 542-3635
Satellite: 3939 Reisterstown Road, Room 150
(410) 396-4770 Fax: (410) 367-5609
Southern Community Action Center
Beulah McCain-Lucas, Manager
606 Cherry Hill Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21225
(410) 545-0900
Fax: (410) 545-1702
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Utah Assistance Progams For Help In Paying Utilities

 

HOW DO I GET HELP PAYING MY UTILITY BILLS?

The Division of Public Utilities cannot physically assist any party with the payment of their utility bills. The Division of Public Utilities may intervene, and possibly mediate the informal complaint process where the utility may have violated Utah State Statute, Utah Public Service Commission Rules, or the Utility's published tariffs. The Division of Public Utilities can refer the party to programs administered by public agencies or in conjunction with the utilities themselves, that may assist the party in applying for utility payment assistance.

HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE TARGET (HEAT)

The HEAT program is Utah's version of the federal LIHEAP program (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). funded 100% by the Federal Government through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Utah State Department of Community and Culture (DCC). It is designed to assist eligible households to meet the rising costs of home heating by either electricity or natural gas. There is also a LOW INCOME WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, administered by the same State office that can assist eligible parties to make their homes more energy efficient.

HEAT Information
How to apply
Application Instructions
Application


WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

This program is also administered by the Utah State Department of Community and Culture. It is administered through nine government and nonprofit agencies across the state, enables qualified low-income individuals and families to make their homes more energy efficient and reduce utility costs. Individuals, families, elderly people (age 60 or older), and the handicapped that are at or below 125 percent of the current federal poverty income guidelines are eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

More Information.


HOME ENERGY LIFELINE PROGRAM (HELP)

This program is also administered by the Utah State Department of Community and Culture, and is designed to assist eligible households to meet the rising costs of home electric energy.

You can obtain more information about these programs by contacting Sherm Roquiero at (801) 538-8644, Rosalinda Tsosie at (801) 538-8621 or Eva Salazar at (801) 538-8642 with Community and Economic development or the Energy Hotline 1-800-662-3633. Click here to visit their website.

Salt Lake County:
      Heat 801-521-6107
      Weatherization 801-359-2444

Tooele County:
      Heat 435-833-9766
      Weatherization 801-359-2444

Utah, Wasatch and Summit Counties:
      Heat 801-377-0066
      Weatherization 373-8333 x 117

Davis, Morgan and Weber Counties:
      Heat 801-394-9774
      Weatherization 435-451-3256

Box Elder, Cache and Rich Counties:
      Heat and Weatherization 435-752-7242

Juab, MIllard, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute and Wayne Counties:
      Heat and Weatherization 435-896-9222

Beaver, Iron, Washington, Garfield and Kane Counties:
      Heat and Weatherization 435-673-3548

Dagget, Duchesne and Uintah Counties:
      Heat and Weatherization 435-722-4518

San Juan, Grand, Emery and Carbon Counties:
      Heat and Weatherization 435-637-7323

 

UTAH TELEPHONE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM   (UTAP or Lifeline)

Under the Public Service Commission Rule R746-341-1 you may be eligible for a discount on monthly local phone service and one-time hook-up fees. It is funded through the Universal Services Fund (USF) approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the State of Utah. It provides a discount of approximately $13.25 a month for low-income households (135% of the federal poverty limit) with landline telephones and a 50% (up to $30) Link-Up discount for low-income households who desire to install a landline telephone in their home. As of June 2006, the Utah Lifeline program had over 29,000 participants.

More Information
Eligibility - Do You Qualify?
UTAP Application

Contact Information:
Shauna Springer 801-530-6433 sbenvegn@utah.gov
Eva Salazar 801-538-8642 esalazar@utah.gov

 

OTHER POSSIBLE SOURCES OF ASSISTANCE:

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Maryland Resources For Help With Housing, Paying Utilties And Help With Rent Payments

Owning a home is a big part of the American Dream. Here are some resources that can help you buy, maintain and keep your home.

Getting Started
 -   Housing counseling agencies - free or low-cost counseling services for buying, renting, defaults, foreclosures, credit issues and reverse mortgages
 -   Predatory lending  - beware if you're buying or refinancing your home; don't become a victim of unfair lending practices

Buying a Home
 -   Assistance programs  - resources and programs to help you buy and maintain your home
 -   HUD homes for sale
 -   Homeownership vouchers  - some public housing agencies help you become a homeowner through the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program

Owning and Maintaining Your Home
 -   Home repairs  - money for home improvements and repairs
 -   Avoid foreclosure - don't lose your home

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Other Maryland Resources
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 -   Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
 -   Housing resources for seniors
 -   Legal assistance
 -   Make your home more energy efficient
 -   Help with your utility bills
 -   Disaster relief and emergency assistance
 -   Health and environmental information  - safeguard your home and family
 -   Rural housing programs
 -   Maryland Real Estate Commission  - regulatory agency for real estate brokers and appraisers
 -   Maryland’s Attorney General  - contact information
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Ohio Assistance Paying Utility Bills

 

Large HEAP Logo (color)


 

What is Regular  HEAP?


The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development's Office of Community Service (OCS). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If you are eligible for assistance, the amount of your one-time HEAP benefit wilI depend on federal funding levels, how many people live with you, total household income, and the primary fuel you use to heat your home. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied to your energy bill by your utility company (or fuel vendor).   

Eligibility Requirements:


Applications for the 2010-2011 Regular HEAP program will be accepted August 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011. The total household income of an applicant must be at or below 200 percent of the federal Fiscal Year 2010 federal poverty guidelines listed below: 

 

Size of Household Total Household Income 12 Months
1 up to $21,660.00
2 $29,140.00
3 $36,620.00
4 $44,100.00
5 $51,580.00
6 $59,060.00
7 $66,540.00
8 $74,020.00

 

**For households with more than 8 members, add $7,480 per member.

A household applying for HEAP must report total gross household income for the past 12 months for all members, except wage or salary income earned by dependent minors under 18 years old. Both homeowners and renters are eligible for assistance. 

Exceptions to the Guidelines:


Families who live in federally subsidized housing where the heat is included in the rent are not eligible for HEAP. 

Household Income:


Household income is defined as the total annual gross income before taxes (minus exclusions) of all household members, except earned income of dependent minors under 18 years of age. Head of household and spouse may never be considered minors. Gross household income includes wages, interest, dividends, annuities, and pensions. Additional sources that HEAP defines as income include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Social Security
  • Supplemental Security income (SSI)
  • Railroad Pensions
  • Retirement and/or Company Pensions
  • Veterans Pensions (not for service related disability)
  • Company Disability and Black Lung
  • Strike Benefits
  • OWF/TANF/DA
  • Alimony
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Workers Compensation
  • Unearned income paid to or on the behalf of minors
  • Cash Gifts
  • Lump Sum Distribution (prorated when payment is designated for a set period of time)
  • Estate and Trust Settlements (excluding attorney fees)
  • Capital Gains (Example: Proceeds from sale of property, home and stock)
  • Utility Allowances (as discretionary income)
  • Immigrant Relocation Allowance
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Child Support Received
  • Garnished Wages
  • Active Military Pay
  • Social Security Disability (SSDI)
  • Veteran's Disability (VA Disability) 

Excluded Household Income:

  • Food Stamps/Cash Payment for food stamps
  • Assets from bank withdrawals
  • Tax refunds and rebates
  • Handicapped Income self-sufficiency programs (e.g., work expenses for the blind)
  • Loans from individuals or institutions requiring repayment of either principal or principal and interest
  • Funds/training stipends designated for specific purposes (i.e., educational grants for tuition and/or books)
  • Work Allowances (i.e., LEAP)
  • Transportation Allowances (i.e. Workforce Investment Act (WIA))
  • Title V Wages of the Older Americans Act
  • Foster Grandparents program
  • Medicare payments
  • Stipend for Foster Care
  • Agent Orange Compensation/Benefit
  • Vista or other Americorp Stipends
  • Health Insurance Premiums (dental, vision and health insurance, supplemental health insurance)
  • Prevention, Retention, Contingency (PRC), assistance to attempt to divert families from long-term financial dependency
  • Title III DREAP
  • Military allowances for subsistence; housing, family separation, etc.

Where Can You Obtain HEAP Applications?


The HEAP application is the same Energy Assistance Programs application referenced above. They were mailed to households that were found eligible for assistance the previous winter heating season. Applications are available at: 

  • Call HEAP toll-free at (800) 282-0880

  • Local Community Action Agencies

  • Local libraries

  • County Departments of Job and Family Services

  • Area Agencies on Aging

  • Local Utility Offices

What else is required to be mailed with your completed and signed application?

  • Proof of income for the past 12 months
  • A copy of a recent fuel/utility bill
  • Please sign your application.

Mail Completed and Signed Applications to:
HEAP
P.O. BOX 1240
COLUMBUS, Ohio 43216



For Additional Information:


Call HEAP toll-free at (800) 282-0880 during regular business hours (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday. For the hearing-impaired with a telecommunication device for the deaf (TTD), call toll-free number (800) 686-1557 or in Franklin County, call (614) 752-8808. The FAX number is (614) 728-6832. 

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California Help With Paying Your Water Bill

 

In addition to the Low-Income Rate Assistance Programs, water utility customers may also qualify for assistance in arranging a payment plan when shut-off of water service is imminent.  This may include instances when a customer initiates a billing complaint or requests an extension of payments within a specific amount of time, or if the customer is elderly, disabled, or a physician certifies that it would be life threatening to discontinue water service.  Also, many Class A water utilities provide payment plan assistance to Military Families.  If you have questions, please contact your utility company or check out their websites for more information.

You may be eligible for a discount on your water utility bill (income limits vary by utility) – check with your water utility to find out:

Income limits range from:

 

Household Size

Income Limits

1 to 2

$26,700 - $30,500

3

$31,300 - $35,800

4

$37,800 - $43,200

5

$44,300 - $50,600

6

$50,800 - $58,000

Each additional

$6,500 - $7,400

To request an application form and more information, please contact your utility for more information, " Each water utility has been authorized a specific assistance program as part of a general rate case request – these programs are unique to each utility’s service territory. "

     

Company

Phone

Discount

California Water Service

See local offices

50% on monthly service charge ($3-10)

Golden State

866-260-2279

15% on Service Charge (Regions II & III)

San Jose

408-279-7910

15% on Total Bill

California American

626-614-2509

Waive Svc Charge (Monterey), $5 on total bill (Sacramento), $8.50 on total bill (Larkfield) 

San Gabriel Valley

        El Monte Office

626-448-6183

50% on Service Charge (all districts)

        Whittier Office

562-699-1041

 

        City of Industry Office

626-330-1628

 

        Fontana Water

909-822-2201

 

Suburban

        San Jose Hills

626-543-2640

$6.50 on Monthly Bill (all districts)

        Whittier/La Mirada

562-944-8219

 

Park

800-727-5987

$5.50 on Total Bill

       

562-923-0711, x1234

 

Apple Valley Ranchos

800-481-9190

$5.83 on Total Bill

 

760-247-6484, x4306

 

Valencia

661-294-0828

50% on monthly service charge

Great Oaks

408-227-9540

50% on bi-monthly service charge

In addition to the Low-Income Rate Assistance Programs, water utility customers may also qualify for assistance in arranging a payment plan when shut-off of water service is imminent.  This may include instances when a customer initiates a billing complaint or requests an extension of payments within a specific amount of time, or if the customer is elderly, disabled, or a physician certifies that it would be life threatening to discontinue water service.  Also, many Class A water utilities provide payment plan assistance to Military Families.  If you have questions, please contact your utility company or check out their websites for more information.

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Ohio Utility Assistance For Paying Bills

What is HEAP?

HEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. HEAP pays a one-time payment for most PUCO-regulated utility customers reflecting their usage for the current winter heating season.

Who is eligible?

The total household income of an applicant must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

How do I sign up?

Call (800) 282-0880, TDD (800) 686-1557 or write to P.O. Box 1240, Columbus, Ohio 43266-0583. HEAP applications may also be downloaded from the Ohio Department of Development Web site or picked up at community action agencies, post offices and libraries. Note: Each household should mail only one application. Customers can check the status of their HEAP applications online.

Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus)

PIPP Plus allows eligible customers to make affordable monthly energy payments on a year-round basis. When a PIPP Plus household pays its monthly PIPP Plus payment on-time and in-full, some of their old debt and the rest of that month’s bill goes away in the form of a credit on their utility account.

Who is eligible?

  • Your utility company must be regulated by the PUCO. Duke Energy Ohio, Ohio Gas, Eastern Natural Gas, Pike Natural Gas, and Southeastern Natural Gas will offer a slightly different version of PIPP Plus. If you are a customer of one of these companies, call your company to learn more. Some small gas companies are not required to offer PIPP Plus. 
  • You must apply for all energy assistance for which you are eligible.
  • You must have a gross yearly household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. If you are not eligible based on the 12-month “test,” you may qualify for PIPP Plus based on your income for the most recent three months.

 

What will my monthly payment be?

Electric and natural gas customers who qualify pay $10 or 6 percent of their gross monthly household income, whichever is greater, to the utility company each month. If the utility provides both gas and electric services or if the customer has an all-electric home, the payment is $10 or 10 percent of the gross monthly income, whichever is greater.

How do I sign up for PIPP Plus?

Contact your local energy assistance program provider. You may also enroll in PIPP Plus by completing the Energy Assistance Program application and mailing it to The Ohio Department of Development. You must provide proof of your gross monthly household income for at least the last three months. To find your local energy assistance program provider or to obtain an application, please call (800) 282-0880.

Will I have to pay a deposit when I sign up?

No. There are no deposits for PIPP Plus households. If you paid a deposit in the past, that amount will be used to reduce any debt you owe the utility company.

When is my first payment due?

Your first payment will be due when you enroll in PIPP Plus. If you are unable to pay at enrollment, the installment can be added to your next monthly bill, but you will be billed for two payments. You will also lose the arrearage credit for the first month.

What are the new benefits of paying my PIPP Plus amount on-time and in-full?

When PIPP Plus payments are made on-time and in-full, customers earn an incentive credit and an arrearage credit. Each time you pay your required monthly payment on-time and in-full, you no longer owe the rest of that month’s billed amount. You also receive a 1/24 credit toward any old debt. If you make full, on-time payments for 24 straight months, all of your arrearages will be eliminated.

Will fees be assessed for late payments?

No, but you will not receive the incentive or arrearage crediting benefits that come from paying your PIPP Plus payment amount on-time and in-full.

What do I need to do to stay on PIPP Plus?

Natural gas: Every 12 months you must provide proof that your gross monthly household income is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level to remain a PIPP Plus customer. At that time, you must also make up any PIPP Plus payments that you missed over the past 12 months. You will have one billing cycle to make up those payments, or you will be removed from PIPP Plus, and your entire bill balance will become due. At that time, your utility may offer you an extended payment plan to help you avoid disconnection.

Electric: To remain a PIPP Plus customer, you must provide proof of your gross monthly household income at least every 12 months. If you do not provide proof of income you will be removed from PIPP Plus, and your entire bill balance will become due. At that time, your utility may offer you an extended payment plan to help you avoid disconnection. 

Can I participate in customer choice and PIPP Plus at the same time?

No. If you are participating in a customer choice program, and then become eligible for and participate in PIPP Plus, you will automatically be switched to the utility. If you were under a contract with a marketer, they may assess an early termination fee if you switch to PIPP Plus before your contract expires.

What are my options if I become income ineligible for PIPP Plus?

  • Natural gas: Customers who become income ineligible for PIPP Plus, but are current on their PIPP Plus payment, will be placed on Graduate PIPP Plus. This new program provides customers with a 12-month transition from PIPP Plus to full payments. Under Graduate PIPP Plus, customers pay an average of their most recent PIPP Plus amount and a budget billing amount calculated by their utility. Graduate PIPP Plus customers who make payments on-time and in-full will continue to receive credits toward their monthly bill balance and a 1/12 credit to their old debt. Some small gas companies are not required to offer Graduate PIPP Plus.
  • Electric: The electric transition and arrearage crediting program provides customers with a 12 month transition from PIPP Plus to full payments. Under the Electric Graduate PIPP Plus program, customers pay either an average of their most recent PIPP Plus amount and a budget billing amount calculated by their utility, or a regular budget payment or the cost of the electric service billed each month. Electric Graduate PIPP Plus customers who make payments on-time and in-full will continue to receive credits toward their monthly bill balance and a 1/12 credit to their old debt.

Winter Crisis Program (formerly Emergency Energy Assistance Program or E-HEAP)

A special component of HEAP, the Winter Crisis Program, is administered by community action agencies throughout Ohio. The Winter Crisis Program provides assistance once per heating season to eligible low-income households that are disconnected, threatened with disconnection, or have less than a ten-day supply of bulk fuel. For further information, contact your local community action agency.

Who is eligible?

The total household income of an applicant must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

How do I sign up?

Applications for Emergency HEAP are accepted through March 31. Contact your local community action agency to sign up.

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

Ohio's Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is a federally funded low-income residential energy efficiency program. The program reduces low-income households' energy use, thus creating more affordable housing for those in most need. Services include attic, wall and basement insulation; blower-door-guided air leakage reduction; heating system repairs or replacements; and health and safety testing and inspections. All measures are provided based on an on-site energy audit and on cost-effective guidelines developed using the NEAT computerized energy audit. Individualized client education is an important component of the program.

Who benefits from HWAP?

Households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) participants, PIPP eligible households or households participating Supplemental Security Income qualify for this no-cost program.  After weatherization, households that heat with natural gas reduce space heating consumption by an average of 24.7 percent, and electrically heated homes reduce usage by 13 percent on average.  HWAP participants increased the percentage of utility bills that they pay and the rate of disconnections of utility service for this group decreased by 50 percent.

How do I sign up?

Call (800) 282-0880, TDD (800) 686-1557 or write to P.O. Box 1240, Columbus, Ohio 43266-0583. HWAP applications may also be downloaded from the Ohio Department of Development Web site or picked up at community action agencies, post offices and libraries. Note: Each household should mail only one application.

Summer Crisis Program

A special component of HEAP, the Summer Crisis Program provides summer cooling assistance for low-income elderly households and for Ohioans with qualifying medical conditions. The program applies to electric utilities only.

What are the benefits?

One-time payment assistance of up to $175 to be put towards:

  • Electric bill payment,
  • Air conditioning unit, or
  • Fan

Who is eligible?

  • You do not have to be enrolled in PIPP or have received a disconnection notice to be eligible for the Summer Crisis Program.
  • Households must have a gross annual income of 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have a member of the household who is at least 60 years old; or
    • Provide physician documentation of medical necessity.

How do I sign up?

Applications for the Summer Crisis Program are accepted from July 1 through August 31. Contact your local community action agency to sign up.

HeatShare Programs

The HeatShare programs are programs administered by the Salvation Army to help qualifying households pay for natural gas bills. These programs typically run from January until May, or until funds are depleted. For more information about the HeatShare program or to receive assistance, please contact your local Salvation Army.

Columbia Gas of Ohio HeatShare Program

Customers of Columbia Gas of Ohio are eligible for the HeatShare program if they have an annual gross household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Households experiencing unexpected financial hardships may also be eligible for the program, determined on a case-by-case basis. The HeatShare program provides Columbia customers with a one-time assistance grant of up to $250. Customers are only eligible for HeatShare once per year, and the assistance cannot be applied toward security deposits or bills that are not required to maintain service.

Dominion East Ohio EnergyShare Program

The Dominion East Ohio EnergyShare program is designed to provide fuel assistance to pay for any type of winter heating bill. To qualify for the program, customers must live within the Dominion service territory, must have a termination notice, and must have exhausted other resources for state and federal fuel assistance. Senior citizens age 60 and older do not need a termination notice to qualify. Applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • Annual household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines;
  • Head of the household is unemployed; or
  • Have a demonstrated personal or family crisis.

EnergyShare can provide customers with assistance of up to $500 for heating bills and up to $250 for deposits. The funds cannot be used for unauthorized usage, bills older than one heating season, or unpaid balances from the previous heating season. To receive assistance, the applicant must have their name on the utility account or live at the listed residence. For more information, contact your local Salvation Army or Dominion East Ohio at (800) 362-7557.

Duke Energy Ohio HeatShare Fuel Fund

Eligibility for the Duke Energy Ohio HeatShare program is based upon need, and households must be subject to disconnection in order to qualify. Eligible customers can receive a one-time assistance payment of $300. For more information, contact the Salvation Army at (513) 721-0795.

Extended Payment Plans

PUCO-regulated gas and electric companies have the following extended payment plans available to help you to make affordable payments and maintain service:

  • The One-third Plan, or Winter Heating Season Plan, is only offered from November 1 to April 15 and requires you to pay 1/3 of your total account balance each month.
  • The One-sixth plan requires you to pay six equal monthly payments on your past due amount in addition to your monthly budget payment.
  • The One-ninth Plan requires you to pay nine equal monthly payments on your past due amount in addition to your monthly budget payment.

These two plans are available to all residential customers regardless of incomeFor more information, contact your utility company or your local Community Action Agency. You may also call the PUCO toll-free: Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., EST:

                         (800) 686-PUCO (7826) (voice)

                         (800) 686-1570 (TDD)

Some utility companies may offer other emergency assistance plans. For more information, please contact your utility company.

Energy Assistance for Military Personnel and their Families

The Patriot Plan, a program providing protections and benefits to military personnel and their families, can assist qualifying customers with maintaining utility service while serving on active duty. Under the plan, Ohio’s natural gas and electric utilities cannot disconnect the residential utility service of any military reservist or National Guardsman deployed on active duty for nonpayment.

Upon return from active duty, utility companies must offer customers a period of time equal to the length of their deployment to pay any arrearages that may have accumulated. Additional time may be requested by a customer if the amount in arrearages presents a hardship. Utility companies are also prohibited from charging any late payment fees or interest to qualifying customers during the period of deployment or the repayment period.

The Patriot Plan does not apply to career active-duty military personnel serving their regular tour of duty. For additional information regarding this benefit, contact your local utility company or the PUCO at (800) 686-PUCO (7826).

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Crisis Control Ministry, Forsyth County North Carolina

CLICK HERE

For website all information. 

Our Mission

Crisis Control Ministry is a Christian-based ministry whose mission is to assist people in crisis to meet essential life needs and to become self-sufficient.

For Forsyth County, North Carolina, residents who are in crisis, we offer help with utility and housing payments, and food from our client choice food pantries.

Clients who consistently find themselves in crisis may enroll in our Breaking the Cycle Program. They will work one-on-one with a case manager to uncover and address the reasons for their repeatedly falling into crisis.

Residents of Forsyth and Stokes Counties in North Carolina who cannot afford their prescription medications may be able to receive them from our licensed free pharmacy.

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MORE HELP PAYING FOR UTILITIES - Nationwide and some local by state

 

 National links to energy assistance funds and organizations

 http://www.nationalfuelfunds.org/sites.html 

 

 

CA

Southern California Edison Medical Baseline Program
This program provides additional quantities of energy at the lowest (baseline) price to residential customers with certain medical conditions, including scleroderma. Eligibility guidelines and printable application are available online. Southern California Edison:
http://www.sce.com/CustomerService/understandingBaseline/
MedicalBaselineAllocation.htm

 

 

CA Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Medical Baseline Program
This program provides additional quantities of energy at the lowest (baseline) price to residential customers with certain medical conditions, including scleroderma. Eligibility guidelines and printable application are available online.
http://www.pge.com/res/financial_assistance/medical_baseline_life_support
MD Baltimore County Department of Social Services
http://www.bcplonline.org/commpg/connections/faenergy.html

 

 

 $1 Energy Fund
Pittsburgh, PA Partners with 17 utility companies across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey to provide tangible aid to people in need of affording adequate and safe utilities.

CONTACTS FOR $1 ENERGY FUND :
$1 Energy Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 42329
Pittsburgh, PA 15203-0329
Phone Number
(412) 431-2800
(800) 683-7036 - toll free

Fax Number
(412) 431-2084

Email Addresses
General Information -
info@dollarenergy.org
Sales Information - sales@dollarenergy.org
Public Relations - pr@dollarenergy.org
Human Resources - hr@dollarenergy.org
Donations - donate@dollarenergy.org


Oregon HEAT
Tualatin, OR  Raises and coordinates resources to help low-income Oregonians meet their household energy needs and move them toward energy self-reliance.

OREGON HEAT AND ENERGY ASSISTANCE 


The Heat and Warmth Fund
Detroit, MI Provides emergency energy assistance to low-income families, individuals and senior citizens throughout Michigan who are in danger of losing essential heat or electricity.

THAW FUND FOR HEAT AND WARMTH


Energy Outreach Colorado
Denver, CO Dedicated to efficient delivery of cost-effective energy assistance, energy conservation and energy education for low-income households to maintain their well being and self-sufficiency.

ENERGY OUTREACH COLORADO
 
Maine Sea Coast Mission
Bar Harbor, ME
 Delivers emergency financial assistance funds for heating oil.

MAINE SEACOST MISSION

Sacred Heart Community Service
San Jose, CA Provides emergency financial assistance to meet emergency needs such as gas and electric bills.

SACRED HEART COMMUNITY SERVICE


Irving Cares, Inc.
Irving, TX Has funding available to assist Irving residents experiencing a temporary financial crisis and needing help with utility payments.

IRVING CARES 

 

Interfaith Caring Ministries
League City, TX Assists toward the payment of utilities for emergency situations and to prevent homelessness.

INTERFAITH CARING MINISTRIES


Bishop Sullivan Center
Kansas City, MO Helps on average each month, 185 families with rent and utility bills, totaling $25,000.

Contacts:


Bishop Sullivan Center
6435 Truman Road
Kansas City, MO 64126
Phone: 816-231-0984
Fax: 816-231-3096

St. James Place
3934 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 816-561-8515


Crisis Assistance Ministry
Charlotte, NC Last year, paid out nearly $5.8 million in emergency aid to more than 20,000 families. Most of the money provided was for utilities.

500 A Spratt Street

Charlotte, NC 28206

704.371.3001

704.333.4310 fax

info@crisisassistance.org


 


Cooperative Christian Ministry
Hickory, NC Helps with heat and other utilities.

For more information about programs or services provided by the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, call (828) 327-0979
United Community Ministries


Alexandria, VA Makes one-time loans or grants for rent, mortgage or utilities.

UNITED COMMUNITY MINISTRIES 


Northwest Assistance Ministries
Houston, TX Provides financial assistance for natural gas and water.

Northwest ASSISTANCE


SOURCE :  

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/content.view/cpid/276.htm

 

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