Glendale offers utility bill aid to residents

“It’s a funding source provided by the state that we utilize to help people with their utilities,”

The city of Glendale is hosting events in June to provide utility payment assistance.

Residents who meet the requirements can get assistance or credit toward their utility payments, thanks to the Glendale Community Action Program’s Utility Payment Assistance Application Event. Attendees will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

The events are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays June 14 and June 28 at 5850 W. Glendale Avenue, Suite B-51, Glendale.

“It’s a funding source provided by the state that we utilize to help people with their utilities,” said Ismael Cantu, Glendale’s community action program administrator.

Cantu said the Glendale Community Action Program is trying to get ahead of the summer, when utility bills are at their highest.

“It’s an opportunity in which somebody can come in, have someone evaluate them, check their documents for eligibility and, if they qualify, offer them the assistance that may include helping them pay their utility payments,” Cantu said.

Cantu urges people to visit glendaleaz.com/CAP to learn about the requirements and the documents they should bring to their visit. Those include an U.S. birth certificate or passport or proof of current legal resident status, in addition to photo identification. Social security cards for all household member and current utility bill are also required. In addition, all household members must verify their income.

Residents who have received utility assistance from any CAP office in the last 12 months will not be eligible. For more information, call 623-930-2854.

Any adult in the household can discuss their options.

“If we got a working parent that has to work between those hours and is worried about their utility bill being behind, then any adult within that household can come instead,” Cantu said.