Beginning July 7, 2014 City of Woodland will begin accepting applications for the utility assistance program. The utility assistance program provides low-income residential households with 3 months of assistance at $58.75 per month. The Utility Assistance Program was created in 2010 and is fully funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. To qualify, residents must either own or lease the property at which they live and must provide proof of enrollment in PG&E’s California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) programs. See the City’s website at www.cityofwoodland.org or call (530) 661-5927 for more information. This funding runs out quickly so please turn in your application right away.
In addition to the Utility Assistance Program, residents may be eligible for a reduction in solid waste and energy bills through one of several programs. Waste Management’s Solid Waste Services Discount Program provides a 10% discount off the Waste Management service fees of qualifying households for a 12 month period. The program is offered to low income residential, single-family home owner customers with a trash container, 1 green waste container, 1 recycling container and street sweeping. Waste Management also offers backyard collection service for senior or disabled residents who are unable to take their carts to the curb. For more information, please call the Waste Management Recycling Education Coordinator at (530) 406-4332 or go to www.cityofwoodland.org/recycle and click on the Waste Management button.
PG&E’s CARE program provides a monthly discount on energy bills for income-qualified households and housing facilities. Qualifications are based on the number of persons living in your home and your total annual household income. The FERA program provides a monthly discount on electric bills for income-qualified households of three or more persons. For more information go to www.pge.com and search for income assistance.
The Yolo County Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides payment assistance for low-income residents on home energy bills. The one time per calendar year payment varies depending upon income, household size, and funding. HEAP applicants may also be eligible for a free weatherization program where energy efficiency-improving measures are done in the home to reduce energy costs. For more information, please call (530) 669-5700 or go to http://www.northcoastenergyservices.com.
GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization, offers a Solar Affordable Housing Program to install solar electric systems for low-income homeowners. The program walks clients through every step of the installation process. For more information on this no- to very low-cost program contact GRID Alternatives North Valley at (530) 217-6145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.