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Spokane Providing Utility Bill Assistance

Spokane restaurant and hotel owners as well as their employees can now apply for assistance to help pay their City of Spokane utility bills.

Here’s what’s available:

· Businesses can seek a deferral of City charges for water, sewer, stormwater and garbage with an agreement to pay those charges over time without interest. Specific terms would be tailored for each business seeking a deferral. Assistance is available immediately. Businesses can begin the process by filling out a simple online form.

· Residential customers also can apply for short-term and long-term payment arrangements without interest. The self-service options are available on the City’s web site. Some customers who are behind on utility bill payments may receive a letter with payment arrangement information as well.

· Low-income households facing financial hardship can seek direct financial assistance from the City’s U-Help program by calling SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs) at 456.SNAP. Since the pandemic began, more than $67,000 in U-Help assistance has been distributed.

The City earlier suspended late fees and water service shut offs for non-payment of City utility bills, which include charges for water, sewer, and garbage. Washington state has continued those mitigation measures through the middle of October.

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