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Subject:   Warm hearts create warm homes through Project Share
For Immediate Release:   
2/5/2007  10:15:00 AM
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Warm hearts create warm homes through Project Share
For 24 years Seattle City Light has partnered with the community to help those in need

SEATTLE ó Very soon utility bills will start arriving at homes in Seattle and they will include charges for electricity used during the winter months. There will be some in Seattle who may be unable to pay their utility bill. City Lightís Project Share and its Warm Heart, Warm Home campaign want to help. City Light is turning to businesses and residents in its service territory to open their hearts.

During the month of hearts, City Light is promoting its Warm Heart, Warm Home campaign to raise money for Project Share, a program that enables residents and businesses to help people in crisis stay warm and keep the lights on. All contributions directly benefit low-income customers in financial distress. None of the money raised is used for administrative purposes. Contributions are tax deductible.

Last year, Project Share provided $610,000 in assistance to 1,845 customers. About $258,000 of that money came from contributions by residents and neighbors. The rest was part of a one-time allocation by the Washington State Consumer Energy Fund.

This year, Project Share is operating without additional state money, increasing the importance of individual donor contributions. In 2004 -- the last year the program relied solely on donations -- Project Share raised about $255,000 and was able to help 775 customers.

To qualify for assistance, a person must meet income guidelines based on family size. Assistance varies depending on a personís circumstances. The most recipients can receive is $250, plus up to $250 more in matching funds for any payments they make on their own.

Last year, the average Project Share recipient had:
  • A monthly household income of $1,466
  • A family of three people, most often a single parent and two children
  • A balance due on his or her City Light account of $700.


Contributions can be made online at https://www.seattle.gov/light/help/share or by mail to:
City of Seattle Finance Department, P.O. Box 34017 Seattle, WA 98124-1017

Project share participants are available for interviews.



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