South Bend expands Utility Assistance Program to include renters

Renters in South Bend have a new option for receiving assistance with their utility bills.

The city announced today that it is expanding the Utility Assistance Program. The program is now open to both homeowners and renters. Renters who apply must attest that they occupy the property as their primary residence. They also must receive consent from their landlord.

The city says that the Utility Assistance Program will help customers reduce water and sewer bills up to $25.50 every month. However, you have to meet income requirements. Qualifying customers can apply at or call 311.

“We are excited to expand the Utility Assistance Program to homeowners and tenants to make living more affordable in South Bend,” says Mayor James Mueller. “The City will continue to improve its services to empower all residents to thrive.”

The expanded assistance is good news for renters as South Bend Water Works will resume water shutoffs starting in December 2022.

Additional assistance is available

Low-income households can qualify for assistance from a variety of different local nonprofits including REAL Services and Catholic Charities. We have provided links to the programs below:

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