Arizona Department of Economic Security Launching Program to Subsidize Utility Bills for Some Customers

Doug Ducey

 

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and Governor Doug Ducey announced on Friday that the state will launch a program to help subsidize utility bills for certain customers.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will allow the state to enter a partnership with multiple private companies in order to ease the payment burden on residents of the state.

In total, $36 million will go to support eligible households in need of temporary utility assistance and ensure continuity of services.

“The team at the Arizona Department of Economic Security continues to find new and innovative ways to support Arizonans lifting themselves out of financial challenges,” said Governor Ducey. “The Department’s partnership with private utility companies will increase efficiency, and it is a significant benefit to individuals and families across Arizona. I’m grateful to the Department, APS, SRP, TEP and Southwest Gas for their dedication to getting resources to those in need, and I look forward to the ways the new investment and partnership will help fellow Arizonans.”

According to a press release from Ducey’s office, utility companies will reach out to potential recipients and connect them with the Department of Economic Security in order to receive assistance.

Furthermore, if the initial pilot program is successful throughout the participating areas, DES has pledged to “expand this payment model to all utility providers statewide.”

“Public-private partnerships like this are integral to ensuring families have access to the resources they need,” said DES Director Michael Wisehart. “With the utility companies’ collaboration, we will be able to distribute assistance to help customers keep their lights on and their accounts current. We are grateful for their partnership in supporting Arizona families.”

The announcement comes as numerous reports have detailed that Americans will likely have to pay more in utility costs this year.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for The Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Doug Ducey” by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0.

 

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