Anyone in select California counties who is having trouble paying energy utility expenses can apply for a program that can provide some extra cash to cover the expenses.
The program is the Home Energy Assistance Program, which offers eligible residents of Sacramento, Sutter, and Yuba counties a credit to help pay their energy bills. These payments are sent every 12 months and usually range from $300 to $600, according to the Community Resource Project.
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This program is available to customers of PG&E, SMUD, and anyone who heats their home using wood, propane, or oil that was purchased from a vendor. In addition to the yearly credit, recipients of this program will also be provided information on energy conservation and be given practical tips on how to save energy.
To be eligible for this payment, an applicant must have a household in one of the three aforementioned counties and must also have a valid Social Security card or Social Security number, provide pay stubs from the previous six weeks, present identification such as a driver’s license, California ID, and/or a valid U.S. identification, and must provide copies of all current utility bills.
Additionally, one must be considered to have low income, which can vary depending on how many people live in the applicant’s household. A household of one is considered low-income if the person’s monthly income is $2,700.17 or less, while a household of 10 is considered low-income if its monthly income is $7,477.56 or less.
Priority of this program will be given to applicants who are qualified, have a high energy burden, and have a member of the household that is part of a vulnerable population, such as a person who is over 60, is disabled, or is under the age of 5.
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Recipients of this program will have their credit processed between eight and 12 weeks after they apply. Those who receive LIHEAP credit will continue to be responsible for paying their utility bills while the credit is being processed.
Applications can be filled out online on the Community Resource Project’s website.
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