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Subject:   City Light Customers Warm Hearts and Homes
For Immediate Release:   
3/6/2008  1:28:00 PM
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SEATTLE - Contributions to Project Share Increase 33 Percent in Latest Campaign.

Low-income Seattle City Light customers facing financial distress are getting a boost from their neighbors and community businesses - along with concerned people from outside the utilityís service territory, through Project Share.

The emergency assistance fund has received about $83,000 since its "Warm Hearts, Warm Homes" fundraising campaign started in November. Thatís about $21,000 more than Project Share raised during the same period a year earlier, a 33 percent increase.

Seattle City Light employees also donated more than $800 during a fundraising event on Valentineís Day in February.

"Donating to Project Share makes a huge difference for many Seattle families," said David Broom, supervisor of utility assistance programs for the Mayorís Office for Senior Citizens. "Thanks to the generosity of Seattle City Light customers, Project Share is able to help hundreds of families who are struggling to pay their light bill."

Recent assistance grants average about $300, which means the contributions are enough to help about 275 customers. There have been 289 requests for assistance since November.

Project Share 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.

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.

The average Project Share pledge recipient is a single parent with two children, making less than $1,500 per month and living in public housing.

Contributions can be made online at https://www.seattle.gov/light or by mail to:
City of Seattle/Project Share
Treasury Services
P.O. Box 34017
Seattle, WA 98124-1017



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