If you've experienced financial hardship, you may qualify for assistance with your energy bill. See the local organizations and new resources that are available.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Assistance for Residential and Business
The SBA encourages anyone who has not applied for a low-interest disaster loan to act right away. Our mission is to help residents and businesses rebuild and resume their normal lives as quickly as possible. This assistance is available to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters with property damaged by Hurricane Ian. These loans cover many damages not covered by insurance or FEMA. To apply, go to a Disaster Recovery Center, visit DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov or call SBA at 800-659-2955. View a list of SBA qualifying counties.
Emergency Rental and Utility Bill Assistance
- Several Florida cities and counties have received additional emergency rental assistance funding through the Florida Emergency Rental Assistance Program to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to hardship related to COVID-19.
Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of rent and/or utility assistance. An additional three months of assistance will be available to the most vulnerable households at risk of losing housing (up to 18 months maximum), while funds are available.
An eligible household is defined as a renter household in which at least one or more individuals qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and has a household income at or below 80% area median income.
Apply for assistance: View this list of cities and counties that include a link to complete an application for rent and utility bill assistance. The application can be submitted by either an eligible household or by a landlord on behalf of that eligible household. Funds will be paid directly to landlords and utility service providers.
CARES Act Assistance
Agencies throughout Florida have access to funds to help pay utilities through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act. This list provides phone numbers or links to apply for help.
211 connects you with trained and supportive professionals who can provide assistance and more information about public and private health and human services.
Share, a TECO program that provides utility bill assistance to qualifying customers. Share is administered by the Salvation Army and the Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg who qualify customers to participate.
The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) assists low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy crisis.
FEMA - Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.
Where to Find Help in Florida
This publication provides an overview of the Florida Public Service Commission and an explanation of assistance available to consumers for utility-related issues. It also includes general information about the state's electric and gas utilities and helpful conservation tips.
TTY for the hearing-impaired
The Customer Care Department is equipped with a TTY device (special text telephone equipment for customers with hearing and/or speech disabilities). Customers requesting this service can call 711 (TTY only).