Assistance from the Dollar Energy Fund.
This non-profit organization provides heating and utility bill assistance to tens of thousands of people every year. The Dollar Energy Fund will help households in a number of states, including Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. Each state and utility company may have a slightly different name for the Dollar Energy Fund program that is available in their state, but they all have the same goal in mind. That is to help people who are struggling with their energy bills.
Find more information on the program for your state below. Apply at your local community action agency, or contact your utility or gas company directly. Or individuals can dial (800) 683-7036 for more details, including information on how to make a donation.
Louisiana Neighbor to Neighbor Program
The Dollar Energy Fund is also working with SWEPCO to provide assistance to low income families in their service territory. Donations from the community are used to fund this Neighbor to Neighbor program in Louisiana. The utility bill assistance program may be able to help those who can’t qualify for any other financial aid. So this can help those Louisiana families that have no other options available to them.
Maryland Dollar Energy Fund Hardship Program
Columbia Gas of Maryland customers can get assistance from the Dollar Energy Fund’s Maryland Hardship Program. This is the version of the plan that is available for Maryland individuals and families. The hardship program will provide a one-time, free cash grant that will help qualified customers pay their heating and utility bills. There are conditions in order to be eligible. Learn more, including details on the application process, by calling your energy provider.
Ohio Neighbor to Neighbor Program
American Electric Power and the Dollar Energy fund have joined together to provide assistance with bills to Ohio families. Eligible customers will receive a utility assistance grant applied directly to their AEP bill. The Neighbor to Neighbor Program will help struggling AEP Ohio customers either maintain or restore their electric or heating service by providing a grant that can be used for paying a utility bill.
Pennsylvania Hardship Program
The Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program offers help for low to moderate income households throughout the state. A total of 13 utility and gas companies across Pennsylvania have partnered together to administer the Hardship Program. To qualify for assistance, households must have made a sincere effort of payment on their utility, water, or heating bill in the last 90 days and they must also have a back balance on their account. Eligible customers will receive a one-time free cash grant applied directly to their outstanding bill.