The Helix Water District Board of Directors approved funding on February 24 for the district’s first financial customer assistance program which will help east county residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All of us on the board are proud to announce the Helix Helps Customer Assistance Program, which will offer a one-time credit of up to $300 for Helix single-family residential customers who are behind on their water bills and can document that they have been financially impacted by the pandemic,” said Helix Board President Joel A. Scalzitti.
Because the district is legally prohibited from using water rates to assist customers, the board dedicated $500,000 from surplus land sales to fund the program.
“We’ll announce our opening date, which will be in early April, at hwd.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor,” said Helix General Manager Carlos V. Lugo. “A local non-profit organization will be administering the program for the district, and funds will be available to customers on a first come, first served basis.”
“The board has continuously looked for ways to help our customers through the pandemic,” said Scalzitti. “In March 2020, as soon as the pandemic began, we suspended late fees and water shutoffs to support public health. And, in April, we froze water rates. We’re doing what we can.”
Visit Home Start’s website for program details and to apply starting April 5, 2021.