Arizona Advocacy Center

LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Arizona

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LIHEAP Contacts
Public Inquiries: 1-800-582-5706
Website

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts
www.azdes.gov/common.aspx?menu=36&menuc=28&id=12124

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts
Website

In The News:

Arizonans reject LIHEAP cut:  New State Poll Confirms support for the Program

The May 2011 Rocky Mountain Poll conducted by the Behavior Research Center (BRC) indicated that the majority of Arizona taxpayers (67%) oppose cutting federal spending on home energy assistance to low-income families. It should be noted that of the voters polled, 64% of those who identified as Republican opposed reducing federal home energy assistance for low-income families.   You can read the BRC’s full report here: http://www.brcpolls.com/11/RMP%202011-II-04.pdf

This recent Arizona Poll  is consistent with a  national NBC/WSJ poll conducted in February 2011 on whether Americans support or reject proposed cuts to various federal programs. When asked if they would cut “heating assistance to low-income families” to help reduce the current federal budget deficit, a majority (65 percent) of respondents indicated that a cut to LIHEAP is “unacceptable.”

A/C Assistance on the Chopping Block?: MyFoxPHOENIX.com

 

Utilities

Arizona Public Service

Energy Support Program: Offers a discount up to 40 percent off the cost of electricity for customers who meet certain income guidelines. The income guidelines are based on 150% of the federal poverty guidelines and change every July 1st. The discount  varies depending on how much electricity is used each month.  Application forms are available online at www.aps.com/main/services/residential/assistance/assist_2.html

or can be picked up at all APS business offices.

Medical Care Equipment Program: Offers a discount up to 40 percent off the cost of electricity for customers who meet certain income guidelines. The income guidelines are based on 150% of the federal poverty guidelines and change every July 1st. The  discount  varies depending on how much electricity is used each month.  Application forms are available online or can be picked up at all APS business offices. Applicants must also provide a letter from a doctor showing a need of life sustaining medical equipment . Contact the Medical Care Equipment Program Coordinator by  e-mail  or by phone at (602) 371-6884/ toll-free (800) 253-9408 to obtain a Physician Verification form and additional information.

www.aps.com/main/services/residential/assistance/assist_2.html

Unisource Energy Services
C.A.R.E.S.: Customers whose income does not exceed 150% of the federal poverty level may be eligible for a deduction of up to $8 off their monthly electric bills and up to $18 off their natural gas bills, depending upon usage. CARES rates also apply to the Low-Income Medical Life Support Program for customers who are medically life-support dependent and who meet specific eligibility requirements. Visit

http://uesaz.com/Community/AssistancePrograms/Outreach.asp

or http://uesaz.com/Community/AssistancePrograms/CARES.asp for more information.

Salt River Project

Economy Price Plan: Customers with limited incomes can receive $17 off SRP charges each month through the Economy Price Plan. To receive an application or for more information, call SRP at 602-236-8888 in Phoenix; if outside the 602, 623 or 480 area codes, call toll-free number at 800-258-4777 or visit

www.srpnet.com/prices/economy.aspx for more information.

Medical Life Support Discount: Qualifying medical patients or their family member can receive an $17 monthly discount on their SRP bill while using life-sustaining equipment. Call 602-236-8888 or 1-800-258-4777 or, if outside Maricopa County, visit www.srpnet.com/prices/medical.aspx for more information.

Southwest Gas

Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA): For customers whose household income does not exceed 150% of the federal poverty level, a 20% rate discount is applicable to the first 150 therms per month during the winter season (November through April.) Call 602-861-1999 in Central Arizona or call 520-889-1888 in Southern Arizona or visit www.swgas.com/assistance/az/index.php for more information.

Tucson Electric Power Company
Call 520-623-7711 or visit www.tucsonelectric.com/Home/Programs/lifeline.asp for more information on the following programs-

Residential Lifeline Discount Program: Customers whose household income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty level, may qualify for an $8 discount off their bill each month.

Lifeline/Medical Life-Support Discount: A discount is available to households that meet the financial eligibility guidelines for the Residential Lifeline Program and where certain medical situations exist. The discount is based on monthly use: 0 – 1,000 kWhs, 35%; 1001 – 2000 kWhs, 30%; over 2000 kWhs, 10%.

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority – Senior Citizen Discount and Life Support Discounts
NTUA offers a 7% discount to customers who are 60 years or older and have an annual household income of $ 16,000 or less. A 7% discount is available to customers who require utility services to be maintained for a life-threatening health condition that is certified by a licensed physician. Visit www.ntua.com/ for more information.