This is a comprehensive list of companies, agencies, and organizations that Seattle single mothers who are going through tough times can approach to ask for help.
Seattle City Light assists single parents
Seattle City Light gives back to the community through a couple of programs. Project Share supports single mothers and families who are in need. The Utility Discount Program provides discounts to financially challenged households, provided that income guidelines have been met and the applicant is not receiving any other federal housing subsidy. Members of this program also get 50% off on their other utilities such as water, sewer, and garbage. They also get a free home visit to assess what can still be done to help lower their utility bills. Phone numbers are 206-684-3000 and 206-684-3417. Website is http://www.seattle.gov/light/.
Tacoma Public Utilities/Tacoma Power
If you are a single mother, Tacoma Public Utilities offers several payment assistance programs to help you. The Discount Rate Program is for people who are 62 and above, and on a disability benefit. You can also apply for the Water & Environmental Services Assistance program every once in a year, as long as you have already settled any balances with Tacoma Power. Another program to look into is the Tacoma PowerAid program. In order to be qualified, your home should have a permanent electric heating equipment, and you are not currently receiving a benefit from the Discount Rate Program. Phone number is 253-502-8600 and website is https://www.mytpu.org/tacomapower/.
Puget Sound Energy
Aside from supporting the federal assistance provided by LIHEAP, PSE also has the Home Energy Lifeline Program, or HELP, which provides assistance in paying for utilities. The Weatherization Assistance Program is given to qualified single mothers and families in order to help them reduce their energy consumption, resulting to reduced energy bills. Among the free home improvement upgrades are the following: insulation, sealing and caulking of air leaks, as well as lighting and refrigerator replacement. Qualification for the HELP and the free weatherization program will be based on your net monthly income, and you will need to contact your local agency for further assistance. Phone number is 1-888-225-5773 and website is https://pse.com/.
HEN – Housing and Essential Needs
Beneficiaries under the HEN program do not get cash assistance directly. Instead, checks are given directly to the landlord or the utility company. The program is subject to availability of funds, and documentation will be required from the applicant prior to receiving the benefit. The applicant must be assessed by the DSHS as disabled. You need to present a government-issued photo ID, a utility bill, a disconnection notice, or a late payment notice. Telephone, cable and internet bills are excluded from the program. Phone number is 206-328-5755 and website is http://www.henkingcounty.org/
Centerstone’s Energy Assistance and Home Heating Program gives financial support for single mothers by subsidizing the heating costs of poor communities through LIHEAP and PSE HELP. Centerstone starts giving out these subsidies at the start of fall season. In order to become eligible for LIHEAP, your income should be at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. On the other hand, to be qualified for PSE HELP, your income should be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. You need to check first if your service area is included in the list of qualified Seattle zip codes, and your income should meet the required federal poverty level for the last three months. The phone number to schedule an appointment is 1-800-348-7144, while the phone number for emergency assistance is 206-812-4940. Website is http://center-stone.org/.
St. Luke’s Church
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church can help you pay your bills through its Operation Blessing program, which helps low-income residents who live on the Federal Way School District. The program provides financial aid for single mothers who cannot pay for their mortgage, rent, and utilities. It is funded through the donations coming from its members. Phone number is 253-941-3000 and website is http://stlukes-church.com/.
Hopelink can help you apply for LIHEAP and PSE HELP programs to help you pay your bills. In order to qualify for these two programs, you need to be a resident of any of the zip codes being serviced by Hopelink. You also need to call 1-800-348-7144 to make an appointment and you need to bring with you documentation such as proof of income, social security card, photo ID, proof of address, and current utility bill during the interview. The organization also provides an Emergency Financial Assistance for those in need of basic needs. Phone number is 425-869-6000 and website is https://www.hope-link.org/.
North Helpline helps low-income single mothers and families who live in the following Seattle zip codes: 98125, 98133, 98155 and 98177. The Emergency Services program provides assistance to residents who are facing eviction and utility disconnection. Phone number is 206-365-8043 and website is http://www.northhelpline.org/.
West Seattle Helpline
West Seattle Helpline’s One-Time Assistance Program helps West Seattle residents who are in danger of having their utilities cut off. As the name implies, assistance can only be given once every 12 months. In order to be approved, you must be a resident of any of the following zip codes: 98106, 98116, 98126, 98136, 98146. You also need to bring documentation such as identification, proof of income, and utility bill in order to get assistance. Phone number is 206-932-4357 and website is http://wshelpline.org/.
There is no shame in asking for help. By seeking assistance from any of the organizations listed above, you will be able to get back on your feet after the crisis has passed. If you are a single mother, apply for aid today.
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