Grays Harbor PUD Revises Income Eligibility Requirements For Senior and Disabled Discount Program PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 02:33
NEW REQUIREMENTS WILL BETTER SERVE CUSTOMERS IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

Grays Harbor PUD has revised the income eligibility requirements for its Senior and Disabled Discount Program to ensure those customers most in need of assistance continue to be eligible for the program. 

The Senior and Disabled Discount program provides up to a 35% discount to Senior and Disabled Grays Harbor PUD customers based on their total household income. Previously, the maximum household income eligible for the program was $24,000. That has increased to $29,000 under the revised requirements that are now linked to current poverty level figures. Each year, the household income to qualify for the maximum discount will adjust to 125% of the federal government’s poverty level figure to keep pace with changes in the economy. In addition, the income levels that determine the percentage of the discount will be adjusted each year based on poverty guidelines. The new income eligibility requirements take effect January 1, 2009.  

“The changes mean low income Senior and Disabled customers who need assistance will receive it even as the economy and the definition of ‘low income’ changes over time,” said Jim Eddy, PUD Commission President.  “This was in response to a customer’s comment and we are pleased to be able to make a change that will better serve customers in need of assistance.”

Below is a chart of the new income eligibility requirements followed by a list of other eligibility requirements.

New Income Eligibility (125% of poverty level for one member household) % Of Discount             Minimum Income            Maximum Income35%                                                                        Under 13,00030%                               $13,001                             $17,00025%                               $17,001                             $21,00020%                               $21,001                             $25,00010%                               $25,001                             $29,000

 To qualify for the program, customers must meet all the following requirements:

  • Must be a Grays Harbor PUD customer who is 62 years of age or older, or a disabled citizen as defined under Washington State Law.
  • Must live in a home served by the Grays Harbor PUD and receive an electric bill in their own name or have their electric bill included in their rent.
  • Must be a full time resident of the District’s service territory.
  • Do not live in federally subsidized housing.
  • Total annual household income falls within the range eligible for a discount. To determine total annual household income, add the income of the applicant to the income of their spouse or co-tenant(s) living in the household.

Customers eligible for the program should contact the PUD’s Customer Service Department at 532-4220 or 1-800-562-7726.

Applicants will need to provide the following when applying for the program:

  • Identification
  • Proof of age
  • Social Security card
  • One of your PUD electric bills
  • Income verification
   

 

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