Help with the Utility Bills


Opting for help with the Utility Bills

Most people are stuck paying a hefty cut of their income for the utility bills. This leads to a lot of adjustments and can also lead to major discomfort in the day to day living. There are ways and means to cut down on these bills and if nothing seems to be working you can seek financial help for the ‘huge’ utility bills. There are government grants and state agencies which help with utility bills. Listed below are few steps which can ensure the help required for the outstanding utility bills.

The LIHEAP Program:

The Low Income Home energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is one source of low-income assistance for energy by the federal which offers help in paying off the utility bills. There are multiple programs by the state and the federal department which help with the utility bills.

The LIHEAP serves a part of those who are eligible for the specific benefits. Due to the limited reach of the program the states have identified funding sources which are nonfederal. The funds by the LIHEAP are distributed to the different states after taking into account the proportion of households of low-income. The benefits are specifically structured so as to provide maximum assistance to those who have the lowest income. The energy expenses and the size of the household is taken into account.

Funds for emergency contingency are also included in these grants by the LIHEAP. These funds are released at the time of extreme weather conditions and increase in the price of energy. The states can use 15 percent of the grants for activities of weatherization.

WAP (Weatherization Assistance program):

The funds granted under this program of WAP are based on the size of the low income population, expenditures on energy and the climate.

The home weatherization for the required help with the  utility bills works well for different repairs in a home, not for beautifying a home but to help in energy saving. This covers

1. Storm clean up

2. Leaky roofs

3. Well and Septic repairs

4. Removal of lead paint

5. Repair of stair-case

6. Mold removal

7. Handicap Ramps

8. Repair and replacement of furnace

Eligibility for Home Weatherization includes a house with disabled people, people who are 60 years of age and older, families with children and also families who have an income below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families):

The states can make use the TANF grant funds which are administered by the HHS to help with the utility bills. This can be used under the category of ‘assistance’ by the state or even as ‘non-assistance’ if this is a benefit on short term basis.

There are multiple local agencies offering help with the utility bills especially for those whose electricity has been disconnected. This is apt to get the electricity restored or even stop the disconnection. For the required help in utility bills you can also approach the EAF (emergency Assistance to Families) or the EAA (Emergency Assistance to Adults).

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