Utility Assistance Programs (UAP)

It Starts Here

The first step in seeking assistance during your hardship is the completion of the Release of Information (ROI). This document gives the Customer Assistance Specialists permission to share your account balances and specific account information with our community partners to resolve the financial hardship.

The form can be completed and signed digitally here. A copy of a valid photo ID must be attached to the form.

Our Mission
To provide a positive customer experience bringing together citizens in crisis, beneficial financial/educational resources, and trusted community partners.

Our Vision
To build a culture of excellence by developing a pathway to self-sufficiency for our customers sustained through energy awareness and financial literacy education.

Agency Assistance

We understand the frustrations and uncertainty financial hardships may bring. Many local and faith-based organizations offer financial assistance for utility customers who are at risk of having their utility services interrupted due to an avoidable circumstance. The assistance staff will help you navigate the application process; ensuring you have completed necessary forms and provided supporting documentation that will aid in determining if you qualify for programs in our local area.

Eligibility

In order to determine eligibility, citizens applying for assistance must have experienced and provide documentation of the hardship. Our office partners with various funding agencies and their guidelines may vary. The following documents should be gathered prior to making applications for assistance:

  • Valid state-issued picture ID or driver’s license
  • Social Security cards for all household members
  • Verifiable proof of all household income
  • Copies of household expenses
  • Rental lease or mortgage statement
  • Most recent utility bills

Agencies normally have a limit on the amount of assistance they can offer to an individual household and those limits are mandated by their program guidelines. Contact our Assistance Office at 252-972-1250.

WARM

The City of Rocky Mount continues in its tradition of care, providing heating assistance for many families who are struggling. The Winter Assistance for Rocky Mount (WARM) provides a one-time assistance payment up to $200 for City of Rocky Mount utility customers who have experienced a documented crisis to pay past due heating expenses. Income limits and other eligibility requirements are listed below. A portion of the program’s intake/approval process is administered via the Salvation Army; assistance through this program is available annually- January through May.

Eligibility

The applicant must be a City of Rocky mount residential utility customer, where the primary source of heat is furnished by electric or gas. The applicant must be part of one of the listed eligibility groups below:

    • 60 years old or older
    • Disabled (must be documented)
    • Unemployed due to being laid off (within last 90 days) due to downsizing and company closings

The applicant’s house must have experienced or are experiencing a documented crisis. Examples of documented crisis may include but not limited to:

    • Unexpected medical expense
    • Cost for emergency home/auto repair
    • At least a 20% increase in monthly utilities due to seasonal change

The household’s current gross monthly income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level limits as listed below. For each additional person, add $560.

Household Size Max Monthly Income
1 $1,595.00
2 $2,155.00
3 $2,715.00
4 $3,275.00
5 $3,835.00
6 $4,395.00
7 $4,995.00
8 $5,515.00

Funds will be paid directly to the utility provider once the following requirements are met. The requirements notated with an * will be required for any WARM assistance after the 2021 WARM season.

    • View and acknowledgement of the Energy Efficiency Living video or in-person class
    • *Completed Energy Audit and scheduled meeting with a Customer Assistance Specialist
    • *Completion of two educational components

Frequently Asked Questions

What services are available for WARM assistance

Must be a residential service account using electric or gas from the City of Rocky Mount as their primary source of heat. Water, wastewater, stormwater & refuse only accounts are not eligible.

No deposits can be made; however, reconnection fees can be paid. WARM will not assist with old bills, where service was terminated, and accounts are closed or returned checks.

What is the maximum amount of assistance?

Payments cannot exceed $200 for one month; however if a customer has a multiple bill (over two months), this cannot exceed $300. The bills must be incurred between October & March.

Payments can be made once per heating season up to $200 with a cut off notice or up to $300 to restore services when disconnected.

COVID-19 Utilities Assistance Program

The City of Rocky Mount Council approved the Community and Business Development fiscal year 20-21 Annual Action Plan on July 13, 2020, which awarded Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funding to support the COVID-19 UAP (Utilities Assistance Program).

Potentially the COVID-19 UAP assistance for a household can be equal to the total arrears for six monthly payments (including any amounts that accrue in the five month period that follows the date of the first assistance payment to meet the six-consecutive-month-period allowance) towards delinquent City of Rocky Mount utilities that became due after March 31, 2020, and remain unpaid. . Income limits and other eligibility requirements are listed below. Assistance is available on a first come first service basis until funds are exhausted. Payments will be made directly to the customer’s utility account after the customer signs the Receipt of Assistance Acknowledgement.

Eligibility for Program Assistance

  • The applicant must be a City of Rocky Mount primary utility account holder.
  • The applicant’s household must have experienced or are experiencing a loss of income directly related to COVID-19, which can be documented. Some examples may include but are not limited to:
    • Furloughed, laid off or reduction of hours
    • Inability to work due to COVID diagnosis or mandatory household quarantine
    • Inability to work due to lack of childcare
    • Closure or reductions hours or wages for a business owned/operated by applicant, the spouse, or household member
    • Increased or new expenses incurred to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19
Household Size Max Monthly Income
1 $2,712.50
2 $3,100.00
3 $3,487.50
4 $3,875.00
5 $4,187.50
6 $4,495.83
7 $4,808.33
8 $5,116.67
  • Those who exceed income limits may contact a Customer Assistance Specialist at 252-972-1250 to continue intake process.

Application Process

Applications may be obtained via any of the methods listed below:

Completed applications can be submitted via any of the methods listed below:

  • COVID-19 Response: Customers can submit applications and supporting documents via the drive-thru window located at the Business Services Center during regular drive-thru hours. If a customer has questions, they may call 252-972-1250.
  • Applicants can mail completed application and supporting documentation to:

City of Rocky Mount
Business  Services Center
Attn: Utility Assistance Program
P.O. Box 1180
Rocky Mount, NC 27802

Please be aware incomplete applications or those with missing documents will not be reviewed. The customer will receive a denial letter or email at which time the customer must reapply.

Complete Package Includes:

    • Completed and signed COVID-19 UAP application
    • Documentation supporting the household experienced a negative financial impact during the COVID-19 pandemic period
    • Copy of a valid photo ID and Social Security Card for the applicant
    • Proof of income current incomer or lack of for all household members listed on the application.