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Phoenix’s Project Assist Offering Help with Water Bills for Federal Employees Affected by Government ShutdownPhoenix’s Project Assist Offering Help with Water Bills for Federal Employees Affected by Government Shutdown<div class="ExternalClass97366B49E5D24A10B7EE85733D567C1A"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">​PHOENIX -- Mayor Thelda Williams announced today the City of Phoenix will be offering assistance for federal workers affected by the government shutdown who have residential water accounts with the City of Phoenix. Up to $400 per year will be available for each qualifying water customer through Project Assist.</span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">"The impacts of the federal<span> </span></span><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">shutdown are real for many hardworking Phoenix residents," said Mayor Thelda Williams. "These families are struggling to make ends meet through no fault of their own – not being able to do anything about it, but still have to show up to work in some cases. They shouldn't also have to decide whether to keep their utilities on or put food</span><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;"><span> </span>on the table."</span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">"I am grateful the City of Phoenix is able to offer support to Phoenix residents in need for something as essential as water," said Councilwoman Debra Stark. "Pr</span><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">oject Assist will offer some relief to families currently struggling as they wait for the shutdown to end."</span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">Funds<span> </span></span><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">for this special assistance will come from Project Assist, an existing program administered through the Human Services Department.<span> </span></span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">Typically, eligibility for help through Project Assist is based on income, but the City of Phoenix is temporarily waiving that requirement for residents affected by the government shutdown for water bill assistance. <span> </span></span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">Eligible households interested in requesting assistance should call the nearest Phoenix Family Services Center beginning next week to make an appointment for assistance. For more information on how to make an appointment for assistance, visit<span> </span></span><a href="/humanservices" style="color:#20ad95;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;">phoenix.gov/humanservices</a><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">.<span> </span></span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">To qualify, at least one member of the household must be a federal employee affected by the shutdown, and individuals will be asked to provide proof (government ID and/or paystub). Assistance will be offered through the shutdown and for two months following the reopening of the government.<span> </span></span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">Human Services offers additional assistance beyond water bills for those who meet the income requirements. To learn about the additional assistance services offered and for a location of a Family Services Center, visit<span> </span></span><a href="/humanservices" style="color:#20ad95;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;">phoenix.gov/humanservices</a><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">.</span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;">Project Assist is funded through the Water Services Department and donations from water customers. Customers who are interested in donating to the fund can do so at time of payment either online or by mail.</span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;float:none;"> </span><br style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;"><div style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui",segoe,tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;">-30-<br></div></div>1/18/2019 12:30:00 AMRaquel Estupinan(602) 261-8823