In the past, eligibility depended on different standards for low-income, senior and disabled residents. In February, Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities changed eligibility to a single standard: Seventy percent of the state median income.
About 7,000 people have applied for help this year, with nearly 3,500 in just the last month. For a family of four, that translates to an annual income of $53,124 or less. The program cuts electric, water, sewer and garbage bills by 50 percent for up to 18 months.
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