What government programs are available to help me financially with bills during the pandemic?

Published: 05 June, 2020

From The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Marc Narducci

Here’s a list of some government programs that can help you financially with bills and utilities if you’ve been affected by the pandemic.

Help with bills

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP helps families with energy costs.

To apply, either contact the local LIHEAP office. Here is a list of all offices by state.

Here is where to apply in Pennsylvania.

Utility Emergency Services Fund

In Philadelphia, there is the Utility Emergency Services Fund. UESF provides assistance to families facing utility terminations or who are shut off. There are several other programs to help residents. Here is how to contact UESF: uesfacts.org/contact-2/

Water Payment Program

Also in Philadelphia is the new Water Payment Program available for low-income Philadelphia residents. Starting July 1, the Philadelphia Water Department will offer a low-income assistance program that will offer payments based on household income, not water usage, making monthly bills more affordable and consistent. For more information, call the Water Department at 215-685-6300.

Read the full article: Federal, state and city programs that can help you if you’ve been affected by the pandemic

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