Chesterfield County launches program to assist residents with water bills

Chesterfield County launches program to assist residents with water bills
Applications should be submitted by Nov. 30 and funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Source: unsplash.com)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Chesterfield County has launched a program called the Chesterfield CARES Water Assistance Program to offer relief to residents who have fallen behind on utility bill payments after a loss or decrease in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, administered through the Department of Social Services, uses federal CARES Act funding for those in need of assistance in paying past-due water and wastewater utility bills.

The initial funding assistance amount will not exceed $500.

Depending on funding availability on or after Dec. 1, 2020, applicants may be eligible for up to $200 in additional funding assistance if their household income has not increased and assistance for past due balances is still required.

To qualify:

  • Applicants must live in Chesterfield County and have an active residential Chesterfield County utility water and/or wastewater account.
  • Applicants must have a past due balance on their residential water and/or wastewater account within the March 1 to Nov. 30, 2020 time frame.
  • Households must show a decrease in income due to COVID-19. All adult members of the household (18 years and older) must submit proof of a decrease in income due to COVID-19. (Examples include an unemployment letter, notice of furlough or layoff, one paystub from before March 1 and one paystub from after March 1 which shows a decrease in income due to COVID-19, etc.)
  • Self-employed applicants must provide documentation to show a decrease in income due to COVID-19. (Examples include documentation of business closing, pre/post-COVID-19 banking account statements, etc.)

Applications should be submitted by Nov. 30 and funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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