City of Redding CA. Utilities and HEAP
I have friends who are eligible for this program and from time to time they do get assistance from HEAP. Here is the rub………….. I’ll take one family in particular. This family gets approximately $200 in assistance for the year from HEAP. This is deposited into their utility account and will show up as a credit. When they receive their first billing from the REU it is average of what they would have paid if and when they did not get assistance, let’s say $65.00. Now when they get the next bill and maybe the one after, their bill suddenly skyrockets to double or even triple what the last bill was and what the last bill was last year with no HEAP….. Either electricity tripled since a year ago or someone is bilking the system with regard to billing for electricity. You heard about Bell California? Hopefully Redding, California. will be spotlighted next with their extremely high pay scale for some city employees, and the way the city allegedly abuses funds. Here is a post with a small example of a city employee who abuses their job:
For those interested in finding out more on the HEAP program, here is the following information:
The state Department of Community Services & Development administers the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in California. The federal Department of Health and Human Services distributes funds to states annually to assist with energy bills and offset heating and/or cooling energy costs for eligible low-income households. California’s share is now approximately $200 million annually which CSD distributes to contracted community energy service providers.
Any resident of California who meets the income guidelines and is responsible for energy costs in a residence may be eligible. To determine income eligibility, see the LIHEAP Income Guidelines