Section 27-26 HELP program.
Prior to the adoption of Ord. 16630 on 10/02/2000, Section 27-26 read as follows.
(a) The HELP program is established to assist eligible families with children
in paying utility
(b) City utility customers may specify amounts they wish to contribute to
the HELP program
and have such amounts charged on their utility bills. Contributions to the HELP program shall
be accounted for separately.
(c) An individual must meet the following guidelines to be eligible to receive
the HELP program:
(1) The individual must be a City electric utility
customer and the utility account must be in
the individuals name.
(2) The individuals household income must be
at or below 150% of the federal
governments poverty guidelines.
(3) The individuals other resources must be
(4) The individual must be the parent or guardian
of a child who is eighteen years of age or
younger, in the physical and legal custody of the individual and in school (unless the child is
unable to attend school because of age or disability).
(d) Assistance in paying utility bills is subject to the following limitations:
(1) The individual seeking assistance must be without
utility service or the individuals
utility service must be due for disconnection.
(2) An individual is eligible to receive only the
amount of assistance needed to avoid
disconnection, for reconnection or for a deposit. Payments for utility deposits shall be made
more than one time per household and shall be for a maximum of seventy-five dollars ($75.00).
Payments shall not be made for fees of any kind including disconnection fees and reconnection
fees. Heating and cooling bills shall have priority over other types of utility bills.
(3) No more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00)
shall be paid in assistance for any
individual in any twelve (12) month period. Assistance is available one time per twelve month
period. There is a life time limit of five times for assistance under the HELP program.
(e) Determinations of eligibility and the amount of assistance to be granted
to applicants shall
be made by the director of health services or the directors designee, whose determination shall
(f) The director of health services is authorized to establish rules and regulations
the HELP program.