May 2020- COVID-19 Resources
The Washington Dept. of Commerce recently received $9 million in LIHEAP relief funds for qualifying residents to pay for both rent and utility bills. If you think you may qualify, please make an appointment with OLYCAP or the CAC in your county to receive these funds before they’re gone! SEE CONTACT INFO BELOW!
Also, prior to the Governor’s moratorium on disconnection of utility bills, PUD 1 already waived over $5,000 of late fees and penalties and suspended disconnections. Your utility accounts do have to be paid eventually though. Please work with our customer service team to set up payment arrangements. We will extend them up to six months to help you catch up! Please don’t ignore us, we want to work with you and we don’t want anyone to have a disruption in their power or water service. Call us today to set up a payment plan!
There are several local, federal and tribal organizations that have utility assistance programs for qualifying individuals. PUD 1 does not manage or administer any assistance programs. However, you can make donations to the Canal Comfort Fund through PUD 1 and we collect and forward donations to the Community Action Councils.
Open to residents of the PUD 1 service area and offers assistance one time per year. This program is administered by the Community Action Councils (CAC) for Mason and Jefferson Counties. For more information on the program read the Jefferson County fund procedures or the Mason County fund procedures. For information on assistance on weatherizing your home, click here. To donate to the Canal Comfort Fund, you can fill out the fund section on your remittance section of your monthly bill or you can contact Customer Service and pledge a monthly amount to be added to your monthly statements. These donations are tax deductible and 100% of donations go toward families in need.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal assistance program that is also administered by the CAC.
CAC of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties
807 West Railroad Avenue, Shelton, WA 98584
OlyCAP (Jefferson County)
Port Townsend Office
Tribal members are also eligible for LIHEAP and CITGO. If you are a tribal member and wish to determine if you qualify for assistance, please contact your tribal center or SPIPA for more information.
South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency
3104 S.E. Old Olympic Hwy., Shelton, WA 98584 (Squaxin)
Skokomish Tribal Nation Center
North 80 Tribal Center Road, Skokomish Nation, WA 98584
Customers who are approved for assistance funding must still continue to pay at least 20% of the balance due on their accounts to avoid disconnect. Funds are usually sent to the PUD 6-8 weeks after approval. You are responsible for managing the 20% of the balance of your account during this waiting period. Our customer service department is very helpful regarding making payment arrangements. The District encourages you to maintain an open dialogue with the customer service regarding your ability to pay and to meet the terms of your payment arrangements to avoid late payments, disconnects and related fees.