Households who need help paying utility bills can typically get assistance through a variety of community and government programs, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Salvation Army, utility providers and religious organizations. Available services may include help with HVAC repair, monthly discounts or emergency payment assistance.
A federally funded program, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is generally operated by local organizations, and services vary by location. Weatherization services and monthly financial assistance are available through most programs.
Many utility providers sponsor programs that provide payment assistance or monthly discounts to eligible customers. Families who need help paying their utility bills to avoid disconnection may find assistance through charities and religious establishments within their communities.