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  • Grant helps low-income customers pay utility bills

    Feb 17, 2015 | Read More News
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    Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) awarded a $24,300 grant to Pima County’s Community Action Agency, a branch of the County’s Community Services, Employment and Training division, to assist low-income customers with their Southwest Gas energy bills. The Pima County Board of Supervisors formally accepted the contract at their Feb. 10 meeting.

    The grant is in addition to the funds that ACAA provides through the Home Energy Assistance Fund for Southwest Gas and Tucson Electric Power. That program is administered through community based organizations throughout the state serving low- income residents. Funding for the ACAA Home Energy Assistance Fund program is supported by various utility partners, private donations and abandoned utility deposits.

    The Southwest Gas Energy Share funding is noteworthy because it comes from customers willing to assist low-income residents by using the check-off option on their own utility bills. The funds are disbursed by the Arizona Community Action Association to a number of organizations, including the County’s Community Services, Employment and Training division, Tucson Urban League, Interfaith Community Services and St. Vincent de Paul Holy Family.

    “Low-income customers, who are encouraged to contact one of the partner agencies to take advantage of the funds, can use them to pay their Southwest Gas bills or repair and replace gas appliances,” said Kevin Hengehold, energy program director for ACAA.

    Funds are available to customers through September, said Rosemary CoraCruz, who helps administer the program for Pima County.