APS & Local Nonprofits Offer Heat Relief Programs

PHOENIX – With triple digits here to stay, Arizona Public Service (APS) is joining forces with local nonprofits to provide heat relief to vulnerable individuals throughout Arizona.


To help those vulnerable to the impacts of extreme heat, APS is partnering with The Salvation Army, Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), St. Vincent de Paul, Solari, Inc. and Lyft. Collectively, these partners offer a range of services, including air-conditioning repairs and replacements, emergency shelters and hydration stations, eviction protection and transportation services.


Arizonans will have access during the state’s high-heat season to these heat relief initiatives APS supports:


  • Emergency Shelter & Eviction Prevention: In partnership with St. Vincent de Paul, APS helps shelter families through eviction-prevention assistance or emergency community housing. Recently, APS also supported St. Vincent de Paul’s efforts to help those experiencing homelessness in downtown Phoenix with services.


  • Cooling & Hydration Stations: APS supports The Salvation Army’s cooling and hydration stations throughout nine counties in Arizona (Maricopa, Pinal, Yuma, Yavapai, La Paz, Navajo, Gila, Cochise and Coconino). Last year, 63,318 individuals received heat relief and 174,009 bottles of water were handed out at cooling and hydration centers across the state.


  • Heat Relief Kits: APS volunteers work with The Salvation Army to stuff 1,000 heat relief bags for those who visit a cooling and hydration station, providing them with hats, cooling towels, sunscreen and other items.


  • 2-1-1 Arizona & APS Transportation Program: APS works alongside Solari, Inc. and Lyft to provide eligible Arizonans free rides to cooling shelters. See if you qualify here.


  • Healthy Homes Air Conditioning Program: In partnership with FSL, APS helps vulnerable households in Maricopa, La Paz, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties by supporting emergency repair or replacement of air conditioning systems during the hot summer months. Email achelp@fsl.org for more information.


APS also works alongside government and community organizations to provide income-eligible customers with energy-efficient home improvements through the Weatherization Assistance Program, which can help lower energy bills year-round and improve indoor air quality.


From crisis bill assistanceto discounts on bills for qualifying customers and extended payment plans, APS is here to help customers year-round. Visit aps.com/assistance to learn more. In addition, APS will not disconnect residential customers because of past due bills, or charge late fees, through Oct. 15.

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APS serves more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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