Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced reported the payment of approximately $ 10 million in energy assistance to 257,533 eligible families, who will receive the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grant on their energy bills. ).
The deadline to apply for assistance is September 30.
The aid is offered thanks to the 20 million grant awarded to meet the needs of low-income families on the island.
“The first 25 thousand eligible families already benefit from this grant that assists them in covering their need to pay for energy at their residence. These resources help low-income families to have the necessary support to cover their basic needs in the face of the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, ”said the governor.
For his part, the secretary of the Department of the Family (DF), Orlando López Belmonte explained that the application for the Energy Crisis or Energy Subsidy programs are still available through the portal pr.gov Accessing Ayuda de Energía or those who do not have access to the digital platform can call 3-1-1 for assistance.
He also exhorted “those who have not yet entered the portal to make their request, do so as soon as possible. There are still funds available that have a term of use until September 30 and it is our intention that all families who need this assistance have access to it ”.
Through the Energy Crisis category, the program offers help to families with high energy consumption who meet the initial requirements of gross income and family composition, in addition to having a Notice of Suspension or Disconnection in their Electric Energy account.
You will be granted a benefit for the payment of electricity consumption, for the amount of the delay, up to a maximum of $ 900 in benefit per family.
Meanwhile, the administrator of the Administration of Socioeconomic Development of the Family (ADSEF), Alberto Fradera Vázquez explained that to date there are funds available for assistance and that the families participating in the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF, acronym in Spanish) English) and the Nutritional Assistance Program (PAN) must apply through the portal to complete the process.
“Many of the families that receive PAN and TANF benefits meet the eligibility criteria and what is asked is that they can document their need with the most recent energy bill and valid identification. Families that do not belong to these programs, but meet eligibility, can also submit their applications online, ”said Fradera.
The administrator explained that they must access the portal, file the request and complete the process by submitting via email [email protected], a copy of your most recent bill from the Electric Power Authority and a current photo ID of the applicant.
In the event that any of the household members is not a citizen of the United States, the applicant must submit a Statement of Status for that member.
The applicant must have an active account with the Electric Power Authority (PREPA) at the time the benefit is issued.
The benefits are granted once per federal fiscal year by electronic transfer, to the account identified in the bill from the Electric Power Authority.
People interested in obtaining additional information on Crisis or Energy Subsidy services can contact via email at [email protected] or by phone at 3-1-1.