Heating bills are going up and the winter months can create financial havoc with a senior’s utility bill payments. There are many programs around the country that help people financially and legally from having their utilities turned off. To find programs you may qualify for in your area you must search: 1) your city or township government, 2) your county government, and 3) local non-profit agencies and local development corporations. Make sure you check with all of the following offices for help in locating appropriate organizations in your area: 1) your local library, 2) your local elected officials, 3) your local United Way, and 4) all housing agencies in your area. Local government offices can be identified at www.govengine.com and your local United Way can be identified at http://national.unitedway.org/myuw/.
Listed below is a sampling of similar local programs around the country. They should
give you an indication of the kind of help that may be available in your area, too. You can also contact your local Area Office on Aging by calling 1-800-677-1116 or go to http://www.aoa.gov/eldfam/How_To_Find/Agencies/Agencies.asp. You should also seek out your local community action agency near you to see if they have a program to help you. You can find your local agency at www.communityactionpartnership.com/about/links/map.asp or by contacting Community Action Partnership in Washington, DC at 202-265-7546. A lot of Local Utility Programs can be identified on the web by going to www.hud.gov then choose your state under the title "Information by State". Most state pages have a link called "Renting Help Page". Click there even if you are a homeowner. Most Rental Help pages have a link called "Help With Your Utility Bills" which describes programs for both renters and homeowners.
Income Eligibility: Varies from program to program. Contact a program near you to learn more.
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