A program at the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) can help with past-due utility bills. The Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program will provide help for account holders with a past-due balance on:
- electric bills
- natural gas bills
- landline telephone bills
- NEW: In mid-November the program was expanded to include bills for municipal water and sewer/wastewater departments, community water systems, fire districts, and other systems that provide water and sewer/wastewater services to Vermonters.
“Arrearage” means a past-due balance.
Homes and small businesses can apply for help. There are no income guidelines, and you don’t have to have a disconnect notice. However, your difficulty paying the bill must be linked to COVID-19. The funding only covers past-due bills after March 1, 2020.
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding runs out. There is limited funding. You must apply by December 15, 2020.
Get this information together to apply:
- Have a copy of the bill(s) handy
- You'll need to know the account number, service address and the account holder's name
- If you are looking for help with your telephone bill, you'll need to have an electronic copy that you can upload to the online application. It can be a scan or a PDF file. It can also be a very good photo that is easy to read.
- You do not need to upload a copy of your electric, natural gas or regulated private water bill
- If you don’t have access to the internet, contact your local Vermont Community Action Agency for help