It’s hard to be without utilities, something that most people take as a given. If you’re having trouble paying your utility bills, here are some ways you may be able to get help:
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, is a nationwide federal program designed to help struggling families pay their energy bills. Since LIHEAP is a grant, the money does not need to be paid back. For requirements and to apply, contact your local LIHEAP office or call 1-866-674-6327.
Your local Housing and Urban Development office may have resources to help you pay your energy bills, or to assist with making your home more energy efficient. Search for your local office here.
If you’re having trouble locating local resources, call 2-1-1. This is a free service that connects people with the resources they need, including energy assistance.
If you’re unable to find assistance with the above options, search for a local charity or nonprofit in your area. Popular national charities include the Salvation Army, The United Way, or the YMCA. Another popular nonprofit is Modest Needs, which provides assistance to struggling families who do not qualify for other types of assistance.
If all else fails, contact your utility company and explain your situation. You might be able to refinance your bill into more manageable payments.
By Luke Jalbert of United Family Network
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