There are now even easier ways to give to Project PRIDE, the PUD program that helps customers having difficulty paying their electricity bills. Customers can use the slip in their bills or visit the PUD’s website to set up an automatic monthly contribution or one-time gift to the assistance program.
When customers support Project PRIDE, 100 percent of their tax-deductible donation goes to help low-income families. For more information about contributions, visit the PUD website at www.snopud.com/projectpride.
Other Energy Assistance Resources
In the coming year, Snohomish County Public Utility District expects its discount programs to help more than 17,000 low-income customers struggling with their electric bills. The programs currently provide reductions of 20 percent, 40 percent, or 60 percent off PUD electric and water bills. The discount percentage that a customer receives depends on their income level.
The low-income discount is available to PUD customers who have a household annual income that is below 125 percent of the federal poverty level ($29,438 for a family of four). Also eligible for discounts are senior citizens who are 62 years of age or older and have a combined disposable annual income of less than $27,381. For an application form or more information, visit www.snopud.com/discounts.
Helping Hands: This PUD program receives donations from its employees to help low-income senior citizens with their electric bills. The program is funded in a variety of ways, including employee payroll deductions, a holiday bazaar fundraiser and book fairs.
For more information about the PUD’s assistance programs, customers can call Customer Service at 425-783-1000 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).