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Deadline approaching for Vermonters to apply for utility bill assistance

Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 11:38 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 6:27 PM EDT
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COLCHESTER, Vt. (WCAX) - The clock is ticking on your chance to wipe away utility debt caused by COVID-19.

Federal funds are still available.

Utilities, including Green Mountain Power, Burlington Electric and the Vermont Electric Co-op, say their call centers are standing by to help you apply.

GMP says about 28,000 customers have overdue payments totaling an unprecedented $20.5 million.

This program could significantly cut down those numbers.

“This is the lifeline they need to get out of debt, to help themselves after the pandemic, but we need them to act now because this free federal-state grant money is going to go away soon, and it’s a first-come, first-served basis. We just don’t want that money to sit and not be used by folks who we know desperately need it,” said Kristin Carlson, a vice president at GMP.

The money is available through the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance Program.

Renters and homeowners can receive up to $10,000 each. Businesses are eligible for up to $50,000.

The deadline is Oct. 24 or until the money runs out.

Click here for the Vermont Department of Public Service website for all the details and to apply. You can also call 1-833-295-8988.

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