Low-income households in Utah now quality for water bill assistance

File photo of tap water. Source: USEPA Environmental Protection Agency

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 2, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Utahns who are eligible for the Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) program are now also eligible for water assistance, officials said Tuesday.

“Adding water assistance to HEAT, which can already cover heating and cooling costs, will help thousands of Utahns to ensure that their families have access to the most basic household needs,” said Housing and Community Development Division HEAT Program Manager Sisifo Taatiti.

To qualify for utility and water assistance, a household must earn below 150% of the federal poverty level or about $39,750 per year for a family of four, said a news release from the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “Priority for HEAT is given to households with the highest energy burden in relation to the household income while considering vulnerable individuals such as young children, individuals with disabilities and elderly family members,” the news release said. “Individuals can apply now for assistance if they haven’t applied with the program since October 2020.”

Last year, HEAT assisted more than 32,000 Utah households with their utility bills.

The Housing and Community Development Division within the Utah Department of Workforce Services administers the HEAT program through a statewide network of local community-based organizations. Funding for HEAT is provided by the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program grant administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit jobs.utah.gov/heat or call 211.


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