- BASIC NEEDS and SERVICES
- SPECIAL POPULATIONS
- ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Another barrier to independent living is the cost of utilities. Some units include all utilities in the rent and are generally advertised as "All Bills Paid." For those that do not, check into the three major utilities: electricity, water (trash and sewage are usually included), and natural gas (or propane.)
Most utility companies require a deposit before turning on service. The companies may allow you to pay out the deposit monthly with your regular usage bill. If you had service with the company in the past and left an unpaid bill, the utility company will generally require that the old bill be paid and a new deposit paid before turning on the service.
Contact the utility department of the city offices for town/city in which you will be residing and ask which electric company and natural gas company you need to contact.
If you have your own residence and have temporary difficulty paying your utilities, contact a Community Action Agency, local church, Salvation Army, or other utility assistance program for help.