Rising fuel costs and changes in the economy can make paying even the basic bills a challenge. Electricity, gas and water are utilities that are needed to make a household function properly. If you're struggling to pay your bills, there are agencies in place that will help you in your time of need.
Things You'll Need
- Final notice bills
- Financial statements
- Social security cards
Gather your financial information, and keep it organized in a folder. You'll need bank statements, social security cards for all household members and a final notice for the bills that you are requesting help with. Help agencies require proof that a financial need exists.
Call 211, a free directory service provided by the United Way, to locate the help agencies in your area. Ask about the Season of Sharing program -- it is grant of up to $1,000 to be used for rent and utilities. Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) is a federal program that provides help with your electric bill. The St. Vincent De Paul Society has chapters throughout the United States that help with utility bills. The Salvation Army and local churches are other sources to try.
Make an appointment with the appropriate agency, and be sure to arrive on time. Be sure you have all your supporting documents so the funds to pay your bills aren't delayed.