PHOENIX (AP/FOX 10) - Arizona's largest electricity utility says it has created a special fund of $500,000 to help customers struggling to pay their power bills due to a lapse in pay because of the federal government's partial shutdown.
Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service Co. says the $500,000 in assistance related to the shutdown is part of a $1.5 million increase of its funding for APS' crisis bill assistance program. With the increase, the program's funding for 2019 now totals $2.75 million, according to APS.
Today we announced a $1.5 million increase in assistance for customers struggling to pay their energy bills due to a sudden financial hardship, with a special fund of $500,000 designated for Arizonans who have been affected by the federal govt shutdown. https://t.co/v8tD7XFeAN pic.twitter.com/sMV7FhhrSe— APS (@apsFYI) January 8, 2019
The company says assistance will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those who qualify.
The program is administered by a network of nonprofit community agencies and organizations and also provides bill assistance for families facing job loss, unforeseen medical expenses and other financial hardships.