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Deadline looms for utility bill assistance

Vermont electric utilities are reminding their customers that help is still available for those struggling to pay bills.

Vermonters financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for funding to pay past-due utility balances. The funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until the money runs out, with final cutoff on Sunday, Oct. 24.

Visit the Vermont Department of Public Service website to apply: bit.ly/634-utilitybills. If you are a renter, click “Renters, Apply Here First.” Homeowners and businesses can apply by clicking “Apply for VCAAP II.”

Utility customers can also apply on the phone by calling the DPS toll-free at 833-295-8988. Green Mountain Power also has a toll-free line to help customers navigate the process: 888-835-4672.

The program provides up to $10,000 for individuals, and businesses can qualify for up to $50,000.

Funds are made possible through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and the state of Vermont Coronavirus Relief Fund.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #634 (Wednesday, October 13, 2021). This story appeared on page A2.

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