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  • Pima County takes over program offering utility assistance

    Jul 28, 2017 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Community Services, Employment and Training (CSET) Department will handle requests from low-income residents in the City of Tucson who need help paying their utility bills, due to a change in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), effective July 1, 2017. 

    Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, the program is administered by Pima County through a contract from the Arizona Department of Economic Security.
    Low-income residents needing help with their utility bills can begin the process through a number of agencies in the area, Rosemary Cora-Cruz, community services manager, said. The department is piloting a scheduling tool that enables agencies to schedule residents for appointments. The pilot includes Interfaith Community Services, Portable Practical Educational Preparation, the Tucson Urban League and the Pima County Community Action Agency, exclusively.

    “The key is that applicants must call for an appointment,” Cora-Cruz said. “Agencies cannot accept walk-ins.”

    Residents asking about the status of an application taken by the Tucson Urban League prior to July 1 should contact the Urban League at 791-9522.

    New applicants seeking assistance may contact one of the following agencies:

    Tucson and Pima County – Pilot Agencies
    • Pima County Community Action Agency, (520) 724-2667 (8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday-Friday)
    • Interfaith Community Services (La Cholla/Ina Road and Camino Seco/Broadway, (520) 297-6049
    • Portable Practical Educational Preparation, (520) 622-3553
    • Tucson Urban League, (520) 791-9522
    Northwest area
    • St. Vincent de Paul St Elizabeth Ann Seton (Northwest area), (520) 219-7631
    Green Valley, Sahuarita, Amado
    • Salvation Army Green Valley, (520) 625-3888
    Catalina area 
    • St. Vincent de Paul Santa Catalina, (520) 825-8288 
    Picture Rocks
    • Picture Rocks Community Center, (520) 682-7166
    Arivaca/Amado area ONLY
    • Arivaca Coordinating Council, (520) 398-2771
    Ajo, AZ ONLY
    • International Sonoran Desert Alliance, (520) 387-3570

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