The governor Wanda Vázquez Garced announced Monday that the Department of the Family will provide assistance of up to $ 900 to low-income families to pay for electric energy service after receiving a federal grant of $ 20 million.

These resources assist low-income families to have the necessary support to meet their basic needs in the face of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.. It is our priority to continue offering all the help to our families in this health emergency, ”said the first executive, highlighting that the funds come from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP, for its acronym in English).

Participants in the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) and the Nutrition Assistance Program (PAN) will be eligible. It was reported that to qualify they must document their need with the most recent electric energy bill and an identification. Those interested can request the services of Crisis or Energy Subsidy through the portal pr.gov or by calling 3-1-1.

“Those families that are not participants in these federal PAN and TANF programs, but meet the gross income and family composition requirements of the Federal Guide to Poverty Levels (150%), can file their application for this category. In both cases, the benefit will be granted according to the income and quantity, age and condition of the family members ”, explained the administrator of the Family Socioeconomic Development Administration (ADSEF), Alberto Fradera Vázquez.

In that case, people must access the portal, file the request and complete the process by submitting via email [email protected], within a period not to exceed 15 business days, a copy of your most recent invoice from the Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and a valid photo identification of the applicant.

The official specified that The program offers assistance to families with high energy consumption who meet the initial gross income and family composition requirements, in addition to having a notice of suspension or disconnection. on your electric power account.

“A benefit will be granted to pay for the consumption of electric energy, in the amount of the delay, up to a maximum of $ 900.00 in benefit per family”, said.

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