The City of Sunrise is now announcing the launch of the Sunrise Cares Utility Relief Program to help Sunrise residential water and wastewater utility customers in single-family homes who have experienced a significant financial impact as a result of COVID-19.
The Sunrise City Commission unanimously approved the program and allocated $3 million to be used for utility bill relief of up to $500 per approved applicant.
The City has created a program website at sunrisefl.gov/utilityrelief to help Sunrise Utilities account holders review the program guidelines and criteria, find answers to frequently asked questions, and complete the application electronically.
Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants beginning today and lasting until September 16 or until funds are completely allocated, whichever comes first.
Sunrise Utilities customers in the City of Weston, Town of Davie, and Town of Southwest Ranches are also eligible for the program.
“This program is one of several ‘Sunrise Cares’ initiatives launched by the City Commission intended to demonstrate a more thoughtful, compassionate and empathetic approach to addressing needs and pain in our community,” said Sunrise Mayor Michael J. Ryan.
“Our Compassionate Center has taken thousands of phone calls and emails from those in need, our weekly food distributions have provided ingredients for tens of thousands of meals, and our emergency rent and mortgage assistance program has come to the aid of many families. The City Commission and Sunrise staff cares immensely and we’ll continue to do all we can.”
The Sunrise Cares Utility Relief program application begins with an eligibility quiz in order to help potential applicants determine if they meet the requirements before formally applying.
For more details or to apply for utility relief, see sunrisefl.gov/utilityrelief.