Arizona Department of Economic Security Launching Program to Subsidize Utility Bills for Some Customers

Doug Ducey

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and Governor Doug Ducey announced on Friday that the state will launch a program to help subsidize utility bills for certain customers.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will allow the state to enter a partnership with multiple private companies in order to ease the payment burden on residents of the state.

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Estimates Show Arizona Prevented Billions in Unemployment Fraud

A new report from the Arizona Department of Economic Security says the state has prevented more than $75 billion in unemployment benefits fraud during the COVID pandemic.

DES Director Michael Wisehart said the department began looking at the effectiveness of its fraud prevention efforts shortly after the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program came to an end in early September.

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