Florida

FY 2014/2015 Low-Income Energy Programs
Federal | State | Charitable

Federal

LIHEAP Contact
Public Inquiries: 850-717-8450
Website

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
List of Local Agency Providers

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts
Website

LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding (includes tribal awards)
$77,350,999

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
150% Federal Poverty Level

LIHEAP FY 2015 Benefit
Heating and Cooling: $150 minimum, $475 maximum
Crisis: $600

LIHEAP Households Served (Estimate for FY 2013)
Heating: 43,782
Cooling: 64,845

LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: October 1 - March 31
Cooling: April 1 - September 30
Crisis: Year-round

State

In 1992 the Florida legislature passed the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act. Funding comes from a portion of documentary stamp taxes on deeds and supports two programs that supplement the state's WAP: State Housing Initiatives Partnership, which funds weatherization measures; and the Low-Income Emergency Home Repair Program, which funds emergency and energy-related home repairs. Apply for assistance at your local agency. Call 850-717-8450 to find your local agency.

Low-Income Rate Assistance

City Electric System, Key West of Florida
Senior Citizen's/Disabled American Veteran's Discount
To be eligible, applicants must be 62 years or older or totally or permanently disabled American Veteran. Annual income must not exceed $17,196 per household. Applications are accepted through March 31; must reapply each year.
305-295-1080
www.keysenergy.com/discount.php

City of Tallahassee Utilities
Good Neighbor Program
This program provides immediate and long-term financial assistance to income-qualified customers that are senior citizens age 65 and older, families with children under the age of five, and disabled persons living independently. It is designed to help qualified customers during the peak heating and cooling months of the year when the need is greatest. The program offers: a 25% credit to electric service each month as funds are available.Contact the Capital Area Community Action Agency at 222-2043 for applications and information.

Low-Income Energy Efficiency

Tampa Electric
Neighborhood Weatherization
The program is made possible through a partnership with Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan (THAP), a non-profit agency that distributes Tampa Electric- provided energy-saving kits at no cost. To qualify, your total household income may not be more than 200 percent above the national poverty level. Preference is given to elderly (60 years-plus) or physically disabled residents, families with children under 12 and households with a high energy burden (repeated high utility bills). Call THAP for more information: 813-626-4926.
www.tampaelectric.com/residential/saveenergy/neighborhoodweatherization/

City of Tallahassee Utilities
Good Neighbor Program
This program provides immediate and long-term financial assistance to income-qualified customers that are senior citizens age 65 and older, families with children under the age of five, and disabled persons living independently. The program offers the following weatherizaton and efficiency measures:

Contact the Capital Area Community Action Agency at 222-2043 for applications and information.

Emergency Charitable Assistance

Please note these charitable funds are last resort emergency funds with limited resources and limited times of operation.

Florida Power & Light Company
Care to Share Program
Provides energy assistance to customers who are in a crisis situation and are unable to pay their electric bill. A household may receive assistance of up to $500 for electric service once in a 12-month period.
Contact information
www.fpl.com/community/care_to_share_program.shtml

Duke Energy (formerly Progress Energy)
Energy Neighbor Fund
Low-income families facing unexpected energy costs can receive help through the fund. All funds are distributed through local social service agencies to pay for electricity, gas, oil or wood. Check this website to find an agency that may help arrange support from the Energy Neighbor Fund.
https://www.progress-energy.com/florida/home/billing-payments/assistance.page?

Tampa Electric
SHARE
Donations are collected by Tampa Electric and forwarded to the Salvation Army to help eligible clients. To determine if you qualify to receive assistance as a Share recipient, call 813-226-0055.
www.tampaelectric.com/company/community/share/

JEA
Neighbor To Neighbor
Emergency energy-related assistance for elderly, disabled and low-income citizens.
904-665-6000 or 1-800-683-5542
www.jea.com/community/commpart/neighbor.asp

City of Lake Worth Utilities
Share to Care
Customer donations are used to assist needy families with their bills. The fund is administered by the Salvation Army.
561-582-6686
http://www.lakeworth.org/utilities/customer-service/

City of Leesburg
Citizens Utility Relief Effort (C.U.R.E.)
Provides assistance to utility customers who are unable to pay their bill. The fund may be used in the event of loss of employment or an unexpected illness or injury. Guidelines set the criteria for extending assistance and limit access to these funds to $100 during a 12 month period. The administering agencies are:
Christian Care Center, 352-314-8733
Lake Community Action Agency, 352-787-1156
www.leesburgflorida.gov/index.aspx?page=213

City of Tallahassee Utilities
Project Share
One-time financial assistance payments for eligible customers. Project Share funds are administered locally by the Capital Area Community Action Agency.
850-891-4968 or 850-222-2043
www.talgov.com/you/products/home/project_share.cfm

Clay Electric Cooperative
Project Share
The Salvation Army handles the distribution of the fund and determines eligibility. Contact your local Salvation Army office for an application.
http://clayelectric.com/prjshare.aspx

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative
Operation Roundup
Funds will be given to local individuals, families or organizations with special needs or requests. Each application for funds will be carefully reviewed and verified by the volunteer Board of Directors of the FKEC Members Charitable Trust before an award is made.
Tavernier Office, 305-853-5381; Marathon Office, 305-743-9191 or 1-800-858-8845
www.fkec.com/AccessAct/operation-roundup.cfm

Fort Pierce Authority
Project Care
Project Care assists utility customers in need of emergency utility assistance. Contributions are made by businesses, religious and civic organizations, and individuals. Funds are administered by Mustard Seed Ministries of Fort Pierce, Inc.
1-800-330-8870 or 772-466-1600
www.fpua.com/customer_service/project_care.php

Gainesville Regional Utilities
Project Share
Funds pay for emergency energy-related costs, including gas, electric or oil bills and the repair of vital heating or cooling equipment. Preference is given to applicants 60 years of age and older or who are handicapped or disabled to the extent that they are not economically self-sufficient. Call United Way of North Central Florida's 2-1-1 helpline and you will be referred to one of the agencies that distribute Project Share funds.
www.gru.com/TabID/3606/Default.aspx

Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Operation Roundup
Customer donations, administered by the Glades Electric Charitable Trust, Inc., provide funds for individuals, families and organizations. Funds may be used for food, shelter, clothing, and health needs.
800-226-4024, 800-226-4025, 800-226-4023
http://www.gladesec.com/content/operation-roundup

Gulf Power
Project Share
Provides emergency assistance to those who need help with energy bills, repairs to heating and air-conditioning equipment, and other energy-related needs. The program assists the elderly, the disabled, the sick and others who are experiencing financial hardship. Contact a local Salvation Army for assistance.
https://customerservice.southerncompany.com/ProjectShare/ProjectShare.aspx

Kissimmee Utility Authority
Good Neighbor Energy Fund
Customer donations, matched by KAU, are used to help customers in emergency situations.
407-933-7777 or 877-KUA-7700
www.kua.com/Community/Programs/GoodNeighbor.aspx

Lakeland Electric
Project Care
Provides electric bill assistance to customers who are 60 and older and/or disabled.
863-834-9535

Ocala Electric Utility
Neighbors Who Care Program
This program is designed to help pay utility bills for those customers unable to maintain utility service due to financial hardships. Funds come from tax-deductible contributions made by Ocala Electric Utility customers. All funds are administered locally by a community charity.
629-8411 or 1-800-893-4760

Orlando Utilities Commission
Project Care
Funds are collected by OUC and turned over to the Community Services Network (CSN), a local, non-profit community assistance agency. Maximum household benefit of $300 for a one-year period.
407-849-2356

Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc.
SECO Angel Fund
Customer and company donations are administered by local agencies energy and emergency assistance and other community projects. Contact a local agency for application.
352-793-3801or email customerservice@secoenergy.com
www.secoenergy.com/angel.htm

Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative
Operation Roundup
Member donations provide financial assistance to members of the community who have suffered a catastrophic event.
Contact a WREC office
www.wrec.net/operation_round_up.php

Page last updated: September 30, 2014