BPUB Aid Targets Unemployed, Underemployed from COVID-19
BROWNSVILLE, TX – The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is qualifying customers for its expanded Project SHARE program that provides utility assistance for residential customers hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The SHARE program is available to any BPUB residential customer who can demonstrate at least one of the following requirements:
- Recent unemployment due to COVID-19 pandemic
- Underemployment (loss of income) due to COVID-19 pandemic
- Furloughed employment due to COVID-19 pandemic
- Arrears – Customer account cannot be past due more than two months
- Bill due date – Customers can only be assisted on bills that are past due
- $200 limit per client, per month. Other limitations may apply.
The Community Action Corporation of South Texas (CACOST) and Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley (CCRGV) will qualify customers on behalf of BPUB. Customers interested in applying for Project SHARE will need to schedule an appointment by calling CACOST at 956-435-0379 or CCRGV at 956-541-0220.
Customers will be required to provide a copy of the BPUB billing statement, proof of income for the last 30 days and any supporting documents for unemployment or underemployment. To abide by social distancing guidelines, the requirement of an in-person interview has been waived.
BPUB suspended residential service disconnections and waived late fees for bills issued after April 1. Bills issued prior to that will still be responsible for any resulting penalties.
BPUB is encouraging the community to practice social distancing by making account inquiries or paying bills online or by phone to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. For questions about BPUB’s efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the BPUB website at www.brownsville-pub.com or call (956) 983-6121.