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Utility provides bill assistance related to partial shutdown

Posted at 11:48 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 13:49:22-05

PHOENIX (AP) - 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.

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.