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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 here in Payson at 928-474-7192.

Gila County assistance begins with a two-page application, which you can fill out online and email, download, or print ahead of time from the website which links to To obtain the application from the county’s main page, choose “Offices & Departments,” click “Community Services” and then “Community Action Program.”

Or if you’d like to request a copy of this form by mail or email, reach staff by email to Elsa or Dorine at 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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