Electric and gas or propane relief funding is available now through Gila County’s Community Action Program, for local residents who meet low-income guidelines, or are experiencing unemployment or another qualifying hardship.

Eligibility guidelines for utility assistance, for example, living alone and earning less than $2,061 gross per month is the qualifier — or sharing your home with one more and earning less than $2,695 (and $3,329 if three household members).

If you have a question about your eligibility, call helpful local CAP office staff Elsa or Dorine in Payson, 928-474-7192.

Gila County assistance begins with a two-page application, that can be filled out online and emailed, downloaded, or printed ahead of time from the website tinyurl.com/CAPcanHELP which links to gilacountyaz.gov. To obtain the application from the county’s main page, choose “Offices & Departments,” then click “Community Services” and then “Community Action Program.”

If you’d like to request a copy of this form by mail or email, reach staff by email to Elsa or Dorine at gilacap@gilacountyaz.gov.

Save time — speed-up your application, and complete the two-page prescreening form — which must be filled-out, printed, and delivered by fax, postal mail, or in person at 514 S. Beeline Hwy. If you don’t have internet access or a computer, call Community Action staff. For those without internet access, during weekday business hours, you’re welcome to call Community Action staff in Payson at 928- 474-7192 to ask Elsa or Dorine about your eligibility for programs such as Low Income Home Energy Assistance, which can assist with your

• Cooling or heating bills — gas or electric

• Utility deposit payments

• Emergency utility assistance — to avoid disconnection

• Utility assistance paid to your landlord, if the utility bill is part of your rent

• Crisis-related loss of income

• Unanticipated expenses

• Health and safety reasons

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