The primary assistance program for water bills in the greater Tempe region is the Help to Others Program, or H2O. It is run in partnership with the city, non-profits such as the Salvation Army, the Tempe Community Council, and other groups. The program depends on donations and contributions from the public and the money raised is provided to the less fortunate and those faced with a crisis. Several guidelines are in place for applicants, including income limits.
The strength of the Tempe Arizona community is defined by the generosity and connectivity of its members. The region has numerous people that work together to help the less fortunate, seniors, and children. They volunteer their time at local non-profits or provide funds for paying bills such as water and more. This is all done in an effort to make the region a better place for families, youth and seniors to live in. The non-profits, using the donations from the community, make the region more hospitable and enjoyable.
Back in the 1990s, the Help to Others Program was created in an effort to help families pay a portion of their monthly water bills. The intent was to provide Tempe Arizona residents the opportunity to receive the help they need. It was also designed to allow people to easily contribute to their community. As funding allows, hundreds of families may be assisted per year.
Any funds provided as part of H2O will be voluntary. The program is also tax-deductible for those that do contribute. All the money raised will be distributed to local nonprofit organizations and charities that are involved in serving Tempeans in need. Money is used to provide vital services, including water, to children in crisis, homebound seniors, and families facing an emergency that are in need. If you do donate, every dollar raised is used to help provide a better community for everyone.
The Tempe Community Council and the Salvation Army play a leading role in the H2O water assistance program. There are offices across Maricopa County Arizona. They do what they can to make it is easy for families to donate a $1 or more per month to neighbors in need. But people can contribute more as well if they would like. To learn more, donate, or apply for help, call (480) 350-8361 or visit the City of Tempe Water Utility Department.
The fact is that with the challenging economy, some families as well as the disabled and seniors living on a fixed-income may struggle to keep up with paying even modest increases on their water bills. They struggle, may face a shut off, and need help making it through the year. Having water service is critical to stay healthy, so assistance is available.
The utility department wants everyone to have access to a safe and reliable supply of water. The Help to Others program is one resource that can be used in an effort to ensures that a basic level of service is available to Tempe Arizona families, especially the elderly and families facing financial difficulties. It provides financial aid to those who need it most across Maricopa County.
This is not a government subsidy or benefit. Eligibility for any type of financial help will be based on household income and other factors, such as number of household members. Some of the scales are based on federal government poverty levels. A formal application process is also in place.
If you need help paying your water bill the Tempe Salvation Army (phone 480-222-0690) and the Tempe Community Action Agency (dial 480-350-5880) also process applications for H2O.
Not only can the Salvation Army and Community Council help people apply for this resource, but they are a great place for information on other assistance. If you are struggling and need support, do not hesitate to reach out.
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