(Seattle, WA)With unemployment in Seattle hovering above 8 percent, many households are feeling a pinch. The City of Seattle is reminding residents that help may be available through its low‐income energy and utility assistance programs.

“In these hard times, no one should struggle with paying their electricity or water bill if there is assistance available,” said City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, speaking at the St. Vincent de Paul Georgetown Food Bank, which provides 1.1 million meals yearly to the needy.

(Seattle, WA)With unemployment in Seattle hovering above 8 percent, many households are feeling a pinch. The City of Seattle is reminding residents that help may be available through its low‐income energy and utility assistance programs.

“In these hard times, no one should struggle with paying their electricity or water bill if there is assistance available,” said City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, speaking at the St. Vincent de Paul Georgetown Food Bank, which provides 1.1 million meals yearly to the needy.

“This includes the approximately 55,000 Seattle income‐eligible households1 which—if they knew about the City’s low‐income rate assistance programs—could find some economic relief.”

“With winter coming on, we need to get the word out about this rate assistance program to our low‐income residents. A family of three, making less than $3,845 a month, may qualify to receive a 50 percent discount on utility bills,” Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Energy, Technology and Civil Rights Committee and Vice Chair of Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee said.

To help spread the word about the City’s low‐income rate assistance programs, events are planned, beginning in November. They include the following dates and locations:

1. November 19‐21, 9am – 3pm, International District Housing Alliance
Off‐site event location: International District/Chinatown Community Center
Interpretation available: Cantonese, Hindi, Kannada, Malay, Mandarin, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Toisanese, and Vietnamese
Contact: 206‐623‐5132
Location: 606 Maynard Avenue South, Suite 105, Seattle, WA 98104

2. December 3‐5, 9am – 3pm, Central Area Motivation Program
Interpretation available: Amharic, Cambodian, Chinese (Mandarin), Thai, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese
Contact: 206‐812‐4940
Location: 722 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

3. December 17‐19, 9am – 3pm, Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Interpretation available: Bhutanese, Nepali, Hindi, Nepali, Burmese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Spanish, Taiwanese, Lao, Thai, and Tagalog
Contact: 206‐695‐7600
Location: 3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Seattle, WA 98144

Learn more by going to www.seattle.gov/MyBill or calling 206‐684‐0268.

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