Utility Assistance Resource Fair Scheduled for February 4th

Cleveland – On Saturday, February 4th, the City of Cleveland Councilmembers Stephanie Howse, and Anthony Hairston and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will host a Utility Assistance Resource Fair to offer eligible customers financial assistance on water, sewer, gas, and electric bills. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, City of Cleveland Division of Water, CPP, Dominion, FirstEnergy, CHN Housing Partners, STEP FORWARD, and Community Housing Solutions will be on-site. 

The fair will be held at The East Professional Center at 1349 E. 79th St. from 9 am to 12 pm.  

Appointments are preferred and can be scheduled by calling 216-881-8247.  

Walk-ins will be accepted.

‘We are excited to partner with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on the Utility Assistance Resource Fair,’ said Councilmember Howse. ‘We know that some of those in our community are experiencing financial challenges to pay their bills, so we want to provide any resource that may help.’

Eligible customers will be able to sign up for a variety of assistance programs at the fair, including the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Affordability Program, which provides a 40% reduction on sewer bills, and Crisis Assistance Program, which provides up to a $300 credit on sewer bills.

Attendees are asked to bring copies of their utility bills (electric, gas, sewer, and/or water) and proof of household income (e.g., paystub, social security statement, most recently filed IRS 1040, or other documentation) to the Resource Fair. To maximize participation in as many programs as possible, attendees should also bring copies of the following, if available:

  • Birth certificate(s)
  • ID (driver’s license or state ID)
  • Supplemental Medical Insurance (if applicable)
  • Social Security Card
  • Lease Agreement (if a renter)
‘We have offered cost saving programs for several decades, including Homestead, and added a new program, the Crisis Voucher Program, in 2012, so that those facing a hardship could get some relief. Additionally, we added stormwater credits in 2013, providing a reduction in stormwater fees, and, in 2022, enhanced our Affordability Program requirements, so more customers would be eligible,’ said Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Chief Executive Officer of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. ‘We’re happy to partner with Councilmembers Howse and Hairston on the Utility Assistance Resource Fair, so eligible customers can sign up for those programs and others.’

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District plans to host additional Utility Assistance Resource Fairs in 2023.  More information to follow.

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