Thousands of low-income customers will receive help with their electric bills this year through energy assistance programs offered by Snohomish County Public Utility District. The programs currently provide reductions of 20 percent, 40 percent, or 60 percent off PUD electric and water bills. The discount percentage that customers receive depends on their income level.
Currently, 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 ($30,750 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 $28,973. Income thresholds are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, see the discount section on the PUD website.
For an application or more information about the PUD’s assistance programs, customers should click here or call Customer Service at 425-783-1000.
Project PRIDE is another assistance program that raises voluntary contributions from PUD ratepayers for low-income customers who need help with their bills. It is now administered by St. Vincent de Paul, (SVDP) which has a decades-long relationship in helping area residents. SVDP will maintain and account for all customer donations to Project PRIDE separately from its own assistance programs. All customer donations, 100 percent, will go directly to customers in need. Donations continue to be tax deductible.
Customers seeking assistance of up to $150 per year can call St. Vincent de Paul directly at 425-374-1243. In-person appoints will be held at the offices next to its thrift store at 6424 Broadway, Everett, WA 98203.
PUD customers can support this program by donating (click here) or mailing a check payable to Project PRIDE to PO Box 2269, Everett, WA 98213.