Assistance Being Offered For High Cooling Bills

Assistance Being Offered For High Cooling Bills

CAP RiversideCommunity Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP Riverside) has activated a severe weather utility payment assistance program referred to as SWEATS (Severe Weather Energy Assistance and Transportation Service) for the period covering 9/10/2014 through 9/30/2014. SWEATS has been activated to help those residents impacted by the prolonged hot weather advisory for Southern California issued by the California Office of Emergency Services. Because of the prolonged Hot Weather Advisory, many people were advised to keep their air conditioner units running. Running their air conditioner may have caused an increase to their electric bill which SWEATS can assist with.

SWEATS will be available to those eligible customers who were directly impacted by having to run their air conditioners longer than normal and who meet the poverty guidelines. Eligible customers will be required to provide proof that their electric bill increased from the previous bill due to running their air conditioner units in response to the heat wave, September 10 through 30.

Eligible customers will be limited to the amount due at the time of intake, any reconnection fees, and other assessed utility fees. Benefits cannot exceed the total amount of the bill or $1,000, whichever is less. All customers must complete the SWEATS intake form (CSD 51), which is posted on CAP Riverside’s website, www.capriverside.org

At the time of intake, documentation of utility charges must be provided. The current and prior month’s electric bill showing the increase of usage, or a written statement qualifying the economic hardship as a direct result of the extreme hot weather and the inability to manage household energy expenditures must be provided. Each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

To apply or to seek more information, please contact Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, (800) 999-5584 or direct line, (951) 955-6448.

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