Request an Extension on Utility Bills
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Most power companies and utility companies will work with you on payments as long as you stay in contact with them. Usually, they start shutting off power, water and gas when people don't communicate with them or try to hide. In the majority of cases, utility companies are willing to work with families in crisis.
Call before the due date. Don't wait until the payment is late to make arrangements. Tell them exactly what's going on (you lost your job, your child is in the hospital, a fire damaged your home, etc.) and let them know when you expect to have payment. If you're not able to pay the entire balance, offer them partial payments until you're caught up.
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