Government

Peoria to add $1.5M to rent, utility assistance program with partnership

FSL deal brings more help to local residents

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 9/9/20

The city of Peoria is expanding its utility- and rent-assistance program with a $1.5 million partnership with FSL.

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, subscribers will receive unlimited access to the website, including access to our Daily Independent e-edition, which features Arizona-specific journalism and items you can’t find in our community print products, such as weather reports, comics, crossword puzzles, advice columns and so much more six days a week.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Sincerely,
Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor
Government

Peoria to add $1.5M to rent, utility assistance program with partnership

FSL deal brings more help to local residents

Posted

The city of Peoria is expanding its utility- and rent-assistance program with a $1.5 million partnership with FSL.

The agreement, approved by consent of the City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 8, calls for $1 million to go toward rent and mortage assistance and another $500,000 toward utility payment assistance.

The program, run through the city's Community Assistance Resource Center, has seen increased demand from residents as businesses were shuttered and workers furloughed or laid off amid COVID-19 closures ordered by Gov. Doug Ducey.

Peoria initially used $1.5 million of $20 million it received as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relif and Economic Security Act funds to bolster the assistance program during the summer, according to city documents.

FSL, once known as the Foundation for Senior Living, now will partner with the city for additional assistance that comes as the number of requests have risen dramatically during the past three months, according to city and county data.

The partnership was furthered by a  contract through Maricopa County and its Community Action Program. The funds will be dedicated Peoria residents, according to a council report by Chris Hallett, the city's Neighborhood and Human Services director.

Those applying for assitance can receive help for up to three months at a maximum of $500 per month for utilities. The same three-month limit is available for rental or mortgage assistance, with a maximum of up to $1,500 per month.

The funding should be enough to help about 300 households with  utilities and 200 households with rent and mortgage, Hallett wrote in the report. The funding will be available as of Sept. 14.

Comments