Some Tucsonans struggling to pay bills may start to see light at the end of the tunnel.
If you live inside Tucson city limits and you're having trouble paying your utility bills, you might qualify for help from the Tucson Urban League's Utility Assistance Program.
Workers say they are seeing people who have just had their power or natural gas or water turned off, or are about to.
For those who qualify, the non-profit agency has grant money to get them caught up on utility bills, so they can get back on their feet.
As you can imagine, the economy has increased the need.
"We're here to help out low-income and no-income families, families who are struggling to make it through their bills and anyone who may have lost their jobs," says the Tucson Urban League's Devon Hargrove.
"We definitely have the money to see as many people as we can. We just need them to come in with all their documentation," Hargrove says.
Hargrove says people in need may call the hotline at 791-9522, ext 2519.
However, he says the quickest way to get help is to go in to the Tucson Urban League office at 2305 S. Park Avenue, between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Hargrove says among the documents needed to see if you qualify are proof of citizenship, Social Security cards of everyone in the household, income for the 30 days if you have it, a rent/lease bill, utility bills and a picture ID.
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The organization expects to spend about $2 million helping Tucsonans pay their utility bills this fiscal year.
Hargrove says, if you live outside Tucson city limits, Pima County One Stop is the agency that offers assistance with utility bills.
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