Last Updated on December 22, 2022 by Meghan
Nebraska is packed with several programs and projects that single moms can take advantage of in order to pay their utility bills. The only hurdle is the fact that information on those assistance programs is hard to find.That said, this article lists a couple of them and it also discusses eligibility requirements and how single moms can apply.
Help with Electric Bills
The Pennies for Power Project was designed to lend a hand to disadvantaged families, typically families consisting of a single mom and children. The program assists these families with paying a large portion of their Electric bill, depending on what their annual income level is. To get more information, take a look at their website at: https://www.nppd.com/in-your-neighborhood/community/pennies-power.
Help with Water Bills
The Mud Energy Assistance Program was initially intended to help out Nebraska residents who have a hard time paying their energy bill. However, the program was expanded to meet water bills as well.It’s worth noting that this is regarded as an emergency program, so candidates will have to supply supporting documents to prove that they are indeed in a state of emergency. There are other criteria that participants have to meet before they apply. For more information, visit their website at: https://www.dollarenergy.org/need-help/nebraska/metropolitan-utility-districts-energy-assistance-program/
Help with Heating Bills
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) works with the sole purpose of alleviating heating bill pressures from struggling families like those managed by single mothers. Several energy sources like natural gas, electricity and fuel are supported under this project. The program doesn’t just provide energy assistance though, it also helps with repairing useful appliances like aircons and furnaces free of charge or at a subsidized fee. To be eligible, the following requirements have to be met:
- You must lack protection from increases in energy costs
- Income should be lower than the average income
- You must be a citizen, permanent resident or legal immigrant
Visit their website to find out more about how to apply and supporting documents you need to provide: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1560
Help with Phone Bills
Nebraska Telephone Assistance Program allows low earning individuals to have access to landlines by making the landline monthly rate significantly more affordable. Phone rates can be reduced by up to $12 and the reduced rate can be extended to the applicant’s internet service. The program is also known as the Lifeline program, and candidates must meet the following requirements:
- If you already participate in other assistance programs like the Medicaid and food stamp.
- Income is exactly 135% of average income in the area, or below.
You can get additional information on their website at: https://atcjet.net/ntap/
Help with Food and Meals
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest food benefit project in the country.It works hand in hand with state agencies, retailers, volunteers and non-profit organizations to ensure struggling families and single moms are able to provide for themselves and their kids.you must fall under the following categories to be considered:
- Your current bank balance is below $2 250
- Your current bank balance is lower than $3500 but you’re responsible for a minor or an elderly over the age of 60
Here’s their website to get more information: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1300
Help with Clothing
The Salvation Army has second hand stores located all over the country. Their thrift stores feature gently used clothing, furniture and school supply. Anyone van get help, because there are no requirements that people in need have to meet.Furthermore, all these items are usually extremely affordable or free. Visit their website to find the nearest store: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/omaha/