Shutdown Day 10: So. Ariz. utility companies offer help for furloughed workers
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -As the shutdown showdown drags on, many furloughed workers out of work indefinitely, continue to see bills pour in, but relief is on the way.
Tucson Electric Power officials say while they do not have a specific program in place to help furloughed workers who can not pay their utilities during the shutdown, they have a standing policy to work out bill payments for those than can't cover costs.
Tucson Water, Southwest Gas and UniSource also have a similar protocol in place.
"We would rather they call us and talk to us and work with us so that we can work out a payment plan, so that we're aware of the circumstances and we can even refer them to some of the non-profit agencies that we partner with," TEP and UniSource Public Information Officer, Joseph Barrios told 9OYS.
Area non-profits including the Tucson Urban League, Interfaith Community Services and the Salvation Army also offer utility assistance for eligible residents.