OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Douglas County residents struggling to pay their utility bills due to COVID-19 impacts can now apply for assistance through a county funded program.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted in January to allocate $2 million in funding to help Douglas County residents who are struggling financially due to the pandemic.
In a joint press release from Metropolitan Utilities District (MUD) and Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), the utility services said customers are able to receive a $500 credit toward each utility bill. Online applications must be filled out for each utility.
MUD and OPPD say this program is separate from the CARES Act funding the county allocated to the utilities in 2020. The utility services urge customers to research the program's guidelines to determine if they're eligible.
Funding is distributed through the Dollar Energy Fund and local agencies. See more on the program here.
Those who need assistance through the application process can contact a partner agency or call 1-888-650-9132 to hear a list of partner agencies.
MUD customers can visit this website for more information.
More information for OPPD customers can be found here.