Submitted by Lewis County PUD
Following action taken at the Lewis County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Monday, October 26, Lewis County PUD was named a subrecipient of Lewis County’s federal CARES Act funding allocation. The intent of the agreement is to allow the PUD to provide direct assistance to PUD residential customers experiencing a COVID-19 related financial hardship by applying a credit to the outstanding balance on their utility account. The assistance is not income-based, so nearly anyone with a COVID-related hardship is eligible to receive the funds. Qualifying customers will not need to pay the funds back.
Lewis County PUD was allocated $100,000 in funds for residential electric accounts. Customers can apply to have funds credited to their utility accounts through this CARES Act allocation if they have experienced financial difficulties because of the pandemic emergency.
“The CARES Act funds were meant to provide direct relief to American families, and this assistance will help many of our most struggling Lewis County customers with their electric bill,” stated Lewis County PUD General Manager, Chris Roden. “We strongly encourage qualifying customers to apply for assistance as soon as possible.”
Funding is on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are expended or until the funding deadline. Applications for assistance must be received by the PUD on or by 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2020. The reason for this quick timeline is that the state requires local government entities to have spent their CARES Act funding by the end of November.
For more information about the assistance and to apply online, visit www.lcpud.org. Customers can also call Lewis County PUD Customer Service at 360-748-9261.
About Lewis County PUD
Lewis County PUD is a community-owned, locally governed utility providing power services and telecommunications infrastructure to approximately 33,000 customers throughout most of Lewis County and adjacent communities.