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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) – Hurricane Ian 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 for SBA's Zero Percent Interest and 12-month deferment loan, go to a Disaster Recovery Center, visit DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov or call SBA at 800-659-2955. View a list of SBA qualifying counties.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Hurricane Nicole 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 for SBA's Zero Percent Interest and 12-month deferment loan, go to a Disaster Recovery Center, visit DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov or call SBA at 800-659-2955. View a list of SBA qualifying counties.

211 Network

211 connects you with trained and supportive professionals who can provide assistance and more information about public and private health and human services.

Share

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.

LIHEAP

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists low income households in meeting immediate home energy needs. Learn more about eligibility requirements or find your local service center.

EHEAP

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).

Special Needs Registry

In addition to Tampa Electric's Medical Watch program, we encourage our special-needs customers to pre-register with their county's response team that provides aid to persons who require special assistance during evacuations and sheltering because of physical, mental or sensory disabilities.
For more information, please call the special-needs registry in your area:
813-272-5900 (Hillsborough County)
863-534-5600 (Polk County)
727-847-8959 (Pasco County)
727-464-3800 (Pinellas County)

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