UETHDA announces energy, water assistance outreach for August

Published 10:14 am Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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The Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency’s outreach RV will be traveling throughout the region in August helping those who need assistance with their energy and water bills. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps with energy bills, while the Low-Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) helps with water bills.
These programs help keep individuals and families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist with energy and waterbill expenses. For those who qualify, a payment is sent directly to the recipient’s utility company and is credited to their bill. If you qualify for one program you likely qualify for both. Payments may take up to 90 days to be applied. Priority is given to the low-income, energy burdened, disabled, elderly, homes with young children under six, veterans, and large households.
The LIHWAP program will be available until the end of September for most water utilities in the region.
The Outreach Van will be at Food City, 2120 S. Roan St., Johnson City, Monday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; at the Salvation Army in Johnson City, 200 Ash St., Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and at Good Samaritan, 100 N. Roan St., Thursday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.
Persons may also visit one of the nine neighborhood service centers, located in the eight-county area for aid, or simply call (423) 246-6180. LIHEAP is only one of many services the UETHDA offers to help with self-sufficiency. If you or know someone who needs help, have them contact the UETHDA.
Head quartered in Kingsport at the VO Dobbins Complex, UETHDA has been providing the tools, education, and support for a better life for over 50 years. The agency is one of thousands of Community Action Agencies in the United States operated by the National Community Action Partnership. UETHDA serves eight counties in northeast Tennessee: Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Hancock, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi. UETHDA has a variety of programs from emergency assistance to more long terms paths for self-sufficiency, including national programs such as Head Start, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and more. UETHDA operates nine neighborhood service centers in those eight counties.

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