Originally Published: January 9, 2019 7:08 p.m.
Arizona Public Service Electric Co. is giving $1.5 million in assistance for customers struggling to pay their electricity bills that could be because a sudden financial hardship.
A special fund of $500,000 will be designated for Arizonans affected by the federal government shutdown.
This new program allows qualifying APS customers up to $400 per year in assistance with their electricity bills. APS says it encourages families facing job loss, a lapse in pay due to the federal government shutdown, unforeseen medical expenses, or other financial hardships to apply and see if they qualify. The distribution of assistance is based on a first-come, first-served basis to those who qualify
According to APS, this assistance doubles the amount of Crisis Bill Assistance available to customers in 2019, in total $2.75 million.
The Crisis Bill Assistance program is administered by a network of nonprofit community partners throughout Arizona, including Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and Wildfire’s network of community partners (previously Arizona Community Action Association).