Councilmember Jean Godden
Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden
takes up Utility Discount Program for low income and elderly
More change is needed to ensure access
Seattle – At the urging of Councilmember Jean Godden, the Libraries, Utilities and Center Committee today sent a letter calling for two changes to the Utility Discount Program (UDP). These changes would immediately benefit low-income families and seniors who need assistance.
The letter, addressed to Ray Hoffman, Director of Seattle Public Utilities, and Dannette Smith, Director of the Human Services Department, calls for:
- Changing the re-enrollment schedule for low-income seniors from once every 18 months to once every 3 years; and,
- Making low-income discount rates retroactive to the date a certified application is received
“People who are fully qualified shouldn’t have to wait months for assistance,” stated Godden. “Discounts should be retroactive to the date when a qualified customer submits the complete UDP application.
“Unnecessary red tape and bureaucratic delay seems like a high price for those in need to have to bear. Seattle can do better and should.”
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