Clairton Municipal Authority Hardship Program

The Clairton Municipal Authority Hardship Program, which is administered by Dollar Energy Fund and funded by the Clairton Municipal Authority and the City of Clairton, assists eligible Clairton Municipal Authority customers who are in threat of termination or who have had their water service disconnected as a result of non-payment of their sewage bills. Customers may be eligible to receive a grant that’s applied directly to their utility bill. Our program is a fund of last resort because it goes above and beyond what is available through federal, state and other programs. Program guidelines and eligibility requirements are subject to change.


2021 – 2022 Clairton Municipal Authority Hardship Program

Program Dates

Open from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022, for service that is off or in threat of termination.

Grants are dispersed on a first come, first serve basis to eligible applicants while funding is available.

Sincere Effort of Payment

Applicants must have paid at least $100 on their account in the past three months.

Exceptions may be made in cases of extreme hardships.

Balance Requirement

Applicants must have an outstanding balance on their utility bill of at least $100.

Maximum Grant

The maximum grant amount an applicant may receive is $200.

Applicants can only receive one grant every 12 months.

Grant awards are based on need and each family’s circumstances are different. Grant amounts are determined on a case-to-case basis.

If a customer’s utility service is off or in threat of termination when they apply and the maximum grant amount will not restore service or stop termination, the application will be denied. The amount needed to restore service or stop a termination is determined by utility review. Notification will be sent to the customer advising them that their application was denied and that an additional payment is required in order to be considered for assistance.

Additional Guidelines

Account must be residential, single home or apartment. No “cooking only,” commercial, industrial, or apartments with shared utility service. The household is not eligible if it has a shared meter.

Name on account must be that of an adult who is currently living in the household.

Dollar Energy Fund grants cannot be used to cover security deposits or reconnection fees.

Income Guidelines

Total gross household income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

Use our Income Calculator to find out if your gross (before tax) income is within the range of eligibility for this program.

How to Apply

If you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above, the best way to begin the process of receiving assistance is to contact one of our participating community based agencies to make an appointment to complete an application.

These dedicated agencies provide application intake services for clients. There are four organizations in the City of Clairton that will be assisting residents wishing to apply for grants. Please call one of the agencies listed below to schedule an appointment to apply.

Grants are dispersed on a first come, first serve basis to eligible applicants while funding is available.

Karen Hines, Clairton Family Center:

Tuesdays, 10 am – 4 pm

734 Miller Ave | Clairton, PA 15205 | 412-233-3813

Doreen Johnson, Clairton Family Center:

Weekdays, 8 am – 11 am

734 Miller Ave | Clairton, PA 15205 | 412-233-8325

Karen Svetz, Representative Austin Davis’ Clairton Office

Thursdays, 9 am – 4 pm at the Clairton Municipal Building

551 Ravensburg Blvd| Clairton, PA 15205 | 412-233-2505

Salvation Army – Braddock

300 Holland Avenue | Braddock, PA 15104 | 412-271-2407

South Hills Interfaith Ministries

5301 Park Avenue | Bethel Park, PA 15102 | 412-854-9120

Verification of income must be attached to all applications, so please bring income documentation for all household members to your appointment. A copy of the most recent utility bill with proof of minimum payment and a notice showing sewage has been terminated must also be attached to all applications.

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