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Emergency assistance available to help residents pay electric bills

Hillsborough County has funds immediately available to assist low-income residents with payments of delinquent electric bills through its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

To qualify low-income residents must meet the following criteria:

♦ Have a total household gross income below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

♦ Reside in Hillsborough County.

♦ Be a U.S. citizen, qualified alien or permanent resident of the United States.

♦ Have a recent past due or final notice energy bill.

Additional requirements may be necessary for eligibility determination. Applicants will be informed of these requirements at the time they apply.

In South Shore applicants need to bring the following information with them to the Ruskin Neighborhood Service Center at the Ruskin Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. S.E.:

♦ Proof of income for all household members for the past 90 days – a pay check stub, employer letter, public assistance check, Supplementary Security Income check, unemployment check or a pension check stub.

♦ Proof of home energy obligation or electric bill.

♦ Photo ID.

♦ Proof of Hillsborough County residency – valid driver’s license with current address, a letter from their landlord or mortgage company, voter’s registration card.

♦ Birth Certificate for anyone under 18.

♦ Social Security cards for all household members.

Hillsborough County’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally-funded program offered by the Department of Family and Aging Services.

For more information, call (813) 671-7647 or (813) 272-6770.

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