Utility Assistance Program Running Out of Money
(Carson City, NV) — A program to help low-income Nevadans pay utility bills is running out of money. The state Division of Welfare says due to federal funding cutbacks, some families may not get help with their electric and gas payments.
Last year, 1700 applications were denied, but will be reprocessed this year. The utility assistance program issued an average of $850 per household last year. But this year’s average grant will be cut to just $500, and new rules mean fewer families will be eligible for help.