Feb 26, 2014 7:10 PM by Leah Kraus
With a utility rate increase approved on Tuesday by the Colorado Springs City Council, many who are on fixed incomes are scrambling to come up with money to pay their bills.
However, if you need help, it is available.
211 at Pikes Peak United Way says calls from people who need assistance paying their utility bill are some of the most frequent they get.
"It's one of the things people in our community struggle with from month to month," says Michelle Milner, Director of the program.
211 connects you with agencies in the community that can help you pay the bill when you can't.
There are also programs through Colorado Springs Utilities that you can apply for.
The Low-income Energy Assistance Program , or LEAP, is federally funded and designed to help with winter home heating costs. Applications for the current heating season are now available.
For more information on LEAP click here.
Project COPE is available for those who do not qualify for LEAP. It's open to customers who have received a disconnect notice or are in an emergency situation.
For more information on Project Cope, click here.