Where To Find Help With Utilities




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It’s frustrating when a lightbulb burns out or when you lose power during a storm. But when you can’t pay for utilities and risk having them shut off, it’s terrifying. You’re not alone, though, and you may be able to get help. Here are a few places to look. 
 
Your Utility Company
First, you should contact your utility company and explain your situation. They may be able to work with you on a payment plan. 
 
LIHEAP
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. 
 
HUD
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
 
Local Charity/Nonprofit
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 YMCA. Another popular nonprofit is Modest Needs, which provides assistance to struggling families who do not qualify for other types of assistance. 
 
2-1-1
This is a free service that connects people with the local resources they need, including energy assistance. 
 
It’s easy to put off asking for help, but the longer you wait, the harder it is to find. Start reaching out as soon as you think there’s a problem and you’ll have a better chance of keeping the lights on. 
 






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