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Utah offers residents help with heat and water bills

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Nov 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-02 12:41:25-04

SALT LAKE CITY — As the autumn weather brings cooler temperatures, keeping a home warm can place a severe strain on low-income households, so the Utah Department of Workforce Services wants people to know that help is available.

Utahns who qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) program are now also eligible for water assistance.

“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.

Priority for HEAT program assistance is given to households that feel the most strain when paying for their energy needs, and are comprised of those considered vulnerable, such as young children, individuals with disabilities and elderly family members.

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.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the program or call 2-1-1.