People who need financial assistance or free advice for dealing with their electric bills have different options. Some programs are run by Tampa electric, and others by government organizations or non-profit agencies. A listing of the leading resources are below.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - This electric assistance program is for working poor, senior citizens, disabled and low income households. Grants and funds are offered to help clients of the program meet their immediate home energy needs and pay bills, and ideally avoid disconnections of their service.
Tampa Electric fully supports the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP). This program can provide electric bill assistance to low-income households, who have at least one person age 60 and older (senior citizen). Funds are only paid out when the households are experiencing a home energy crisis or financial hardship that is out of their control. Every year thousands of senior citizens take advantage of this assistance program.
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created by FEMA. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created by the United States government to help families meet their energy, housing, and nutritional needs. It can provide basic housing needs, such as shelter, as well as funds (in limited cases) that can be used to pay utility bills.
Tampa Electric SHARE program - This resource helps customers in need and the low income pay their energy-related bills. It is funded by donations, and Tampa Electric customers may make a voluntary, tax deductible contribution with their monthly electric bill payment. The funds are used to help pay bills of the needy, and it can even help your neighbors. SHARE helps elderly customers who are low-income and/or medically disabled pay their electric and energy-related bills. Read more.
Call Tampa Electric at 813-226-0055.