Organizations that offer payment assistance for electric bills vary from state to state, but can include many churches, organizations such as the Salvation Army and electric companies themselves. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs applications are offered at local social service agencies.
In some states, such as Ohio, regulated power companies are required to participate in the state-wide Percentage of Income Payment Plan program, or Low-Income Rate Assistance program. Low-income families who live in all-electric homes and participate in this program are required to pay a minimum of $10 a month up to a maximum of 10 percent of total household income for monthly power usage. Application information is obtained by contacting the electric service provider.
Most organizations that offer assistance with electric bill payment require recipients to prove their need of the assistance through documentation. These supporting documents often include proof of residency and citizenship, the most recent utility bill, and recent paycheck stubs. Birth certificates and Social Security cards for every member of the household are also often required. In some cases, applicants may be required to provide bank statements, a copy of the most recent tax return, and proof of the amount of disability or unemployment compensation being received.