City Offers Utility Bill Relief, Pay Assistance

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The City of Topeka will accept applications beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 8, at 620 SE Madison, first floor, from those needing assistance paying their utility bills that if left unpaid could lead to homelessness. The program is limited to the first 100 applicants.

Applicants cannot be homeowners, must live within the city limits of Topeka and have incomes at 50% of the median family gross annual income or below.

More specifically, a one person household can’t have an income of more than $21,550: two-person, $24,600: three-person, $27,700: four-person, $30,750: five-person, $33,250: six-person, $35,700: seven-person, $38,150: and eight-person, $40,600.

Applicants must show:

Proof of household income for the past 60 days
Original photo ID for all adults in household (no copies)
Original Social security cards for all household members (no copies)
Current disconnect notice from utility company
Lease agreement- must state that tenant is responsible for utilities (no faxes)

All adults in the household are required to attend and the units will be inspected. Applicants living in Section 8, Shelter Plus Care and Public Housing Units are not eligible for assistance. Applicants who received previoius HPRP utility assistance may not be eligible. Each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applications for assistance will not be accepted without all required documentation.

ADA or Special Needs Notice: For special accommodations or questions for this event, contact Corrie Wright, 785-368-3711, at least three working days in advance.