In June of 2017, the Everett Post reported on the City of Everett’s pilot program for discounted utility billings, to begin the following September. At the time, the city required “a direct water connection, live within city limits, have received a disconnect notice and have a total annual income less than or equal to 125% of the federal poverty level” in order to qualify for the rates, which included up to $200.00 annum.
In a revamped effort to spread the wealth, the City of Everett has increased the annual assistance available to low-income customers under the City Water’s program. Per Paul Kaftanski, the interim public works director, “We want to provide $100,000 in assistance each year, and it’s clear that we needed to change our eligibility thresholds in order to reach our goal. We hope that by making these adjustments, we’ll open the program to more customers and bring more eligible customer accounts current.”
As part of the program, the City partners with Catholic Community Services in order to vet customer applications for the discounted rates and also to review the applications to proactively pair users with other local programs which are suitable to their needs. To date, these have included “veterans’ services, domestic violence assistance, dispute resolution, and eviction prevention resources.”
Under the new guidelines, customers with income up to 150% of the Federal poverty level are now eligible, rather than the previously established 125%, and the new amount available for City Water users is $350.00.
As always, there continue to be programs available for the elderly and disabled as well. To find out if you qualify for any of these programs, contact the Everett Utilities Assistance Program line at 425-374-6394.
If you are interested, please read up on the original article: http://www.everettpost.com/local-news/new-program-for-discounted-utility-rates-in-everett
View the original press release here: https://everettwa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=1098