Monday is the last day for District of Columbia resident to apply for up to $400 per household in federal grants to help pay gas or electric bills.
The D.C. Eenergy Unit still has several hundred thousand dollars to distribute by June 30 to eligible low-income families with unpaid utility bills.
Unlike a similar program in earlier years, no funds are available to families who have paid their energy bills and are now claiming financial hardship because of those payments.
The maximum gross income for an eligible family of two is $6,263; for a family of four, $9,313; and a family of six, $12,363. Single person households are eligible if the gross income is $4,738 or less.
Families meeting the income qualifications can have up to $400 paid directly to the utility firm on their behalf within 20 days after the application is approved. The one-page application must be accompanied by proof of income from a W-2 form a social security benefits statement or a statement from a public assistance agency, plus a copy of the bill to be paid.
Interested residents may fill out application forms at the United Planning Organization, 1021 14th St. NW between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Because of the Monday deadline, mail applications are discouraged.
For further information, call the D.C. Energy Hotline, 724-2100.