Northwest NEWS

December 16, 2002

Editorial

Hopelink offering help with energy bills

 

Hopelink announces the start of a new program to assist with energy costs for low income individuals and families.
The new program, Puget Sound Energy’s HELP, will assist qualifying PSE gas and electric service customers with energy costs. The amount of aid is dependent on the income and size of household, and the program will operate year round.
PSE HELP will provide $8.6 million in low-income assistance throughout the 11 counties in the PSE service area. The program is financed by a PSE monthly fee that averages 30 cents per household. Hopelink is working with PSE customers in north and east King County to distribute more than $800,000 in assistance.
In addition to PSE HELP, Hopelink also operates the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) from October through June to help with the increased heating costs in the winter.
LIHEAP is available for PSE and Seattle City Light (SCL) customers. Unlike PSE HELP, which assists with total energy costs, LIHEAP helps only with heating costs, including electricity, gas, propane, wood, oil, kerosene, as well as furnace repair and replacement for homeowners and weatherization services for renters.
SCL and PSE customers who are interested in applying for one or both of the programs can call the Hopelink Energy Assistance Line at (425) 869-6027 or toll free at (800) 348-7144.
Since 1971, Hopelink (formerly Multi-Service Centers of North & East King County) has served homeless and low income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. Hopelink services include food, shelter, transitional housing, homeless prevention, childcare, family development, transporation and adult literacy.
Hopelink’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all members of our community; we help people make lasting change.