DC Electric Bill Assistance

Residents of the District of Columbia who struggle with paying their electric bills have help available to them. These DC electric bill assistance programs can help you keep your lights on.

If your power has not yet been shut off, you may be eligible for help from the Regular Assistance from the District Department of the Environment. While this assistance is not meant to pay your entire energy bill, it can help you make ends meet. This help can give you between $49 and $1,300 towards your bills.

If you think your income may qualify you for this Regular Assistance, call 311 to set up an appointment. You will want to bring a copy of your utility bill with you along with proof of income and residency.

If you are a DC resident whose electricity or gas has been cut off or you have received notice that it will be cut off shortly, you may qualify for Emergency Assistance from the District Department of the Environment. While you can only receive this assistance once a year, it can pay up to $750 to help you keep your electricity from being cut off.

If your family is considered low-income, you may also qualify for discounts on your electric bill from Pepco through their Residential Aid Discount. For more information about this program, call Pepco Customer Care. Discounts are normally applied as credits towards your monthly bill. You would simply owe the remainder which should be easier for you to afford. These monthly bill credits can be especially helpful for those who are living on a fixed income or have been unable to work for an extended period of time. This program is funded mostly by Pepco, although community support may cover a portion of the aid.

These programs are available to DC residents who have a hard time paying their electric bills.

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President at Debtors Unite
Kenneth Long is President of Debtors Unite, Inc. as well as President and Vice Chairman for Vision Credit Education, Inc. He served as a regional coordinator for the North Carolina Saves campaign. Long co-founded the Wake EITC Coalition along with Family Resource Center of Raleigh.

Long is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Industrial Relations. He subsequently received his Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. His Certificate in Financial Planning was issued by Florida State University.

Long has achieved the Accredited Credit Counselor and Accredited Financial Counselor certifications through the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education. Long originally achieved the Certified Credit Counselor designation through the National Institute for Financial Education.

In addition to years of nonprofit leadership, Long has been an innovator in the field of volunteer tax return preparation programs. He assists volunteer associations and nonprofit organizations who seek to integrate credit counseling and asset-building programs with free personal income tax preparation. His approach to using free credit reports as both an incentive and a screening tool for placement into asset-building programs has been shared with members of the National Community Tax Coalition, the EITC-Carolinas Initiative of MDC, Inc. and nonprofit groups across the Carolinas.

Long assists members of our armed forces in the Carolinas, Iowa, Rhode Island, Georgia and Germany with financial readiness. Please support our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors!

Favorite quote:

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Thomas Jefferson
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