EWEB opens assistance program to the unemployed during pandemic

EWEB's billing assistance program will be extended to people who have lost their job because of coronavirus starting April 1.

Posted: Mar 31, 2020 7:06 AM
Updated: Mar 31, 2020 10:50 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Water & Electric Board announced the utility's billing assistance program will be extended to people who have lost their job because of coronavirus starting April 1.

Normally, the assistance program provides $260 annually to customers who meet meet the income requirements for a given household size. Now, customers can obtain the $260 credit by applying and providing proof of income eligibility or unemployment benefits.

"With so many local residents hit hard by the pandemic and associated business closures, EWEB expects a surge of applications when the program opens on the first of the month," EWEB said in a news release. 

The applications open on April 1 at 9 a.m. and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds run out for the month.

EWEB's offices are closed to the public, and customers are encouraged to apply online or over the phone. Instructions and a video tutorial on how to apply can be found here.

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