City's Care and Share Fund Helping Financially Vulnerable Residents with Water Utilities Bill Assistance
By Traci Peterson, Arlington Water Utilities
Posted on June 10, 2021, June 10, 2021

Care and Share

A donation-driven fund that helps financially-vulnerable Arlington residents has set records with the amount of aid distributed in the past year.

Arlington Water Utilities' Care and Share fund provides financial assistance to Arlington residents who meet certain income guidelines and are having trouble paying their city services bill. It is administered in cooperation with three community nonprofits, Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, Mission Arlington and Arlington Urban Ministries. Since Oct. 1, 2020, $114,952.30 in aid has been distributed from the fund to pay water and sewer bills. The Care and Share fund has helped more than 420 residents and their families.

In addition to donations from residents, the Care and Share Fund receives a yearly donation from Service Line Warranties of America as part of an Arlington Water Utilities contract with the company for right-of-way sewer line repairs. The company has donated more than $250,000 to the Care and Share Fund since the contract began five years ago.

Residents can apply for Care and Share assistance by contacting the following charities:

• Catholic Charities of Fort Worth - call 817-534-0814 or visit www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org

• Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex - call 817-277-6620 or visit their emergency assistance webpage at www.missionarlington.org/emergency-assistance/

• Arlington Urban Ministries - visit their webpage at www.arlingtonurbanministries.org

Arlington has also received state and federal funding to help residents whose income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the Arlington Housing Authority website for more details.

Want to help? You can make a one-time or continuing donation to the Care and Share program when you pay your bill online at www.ArlingtonTX.gov/KnowYourH2O or by rounding up your online payment amount. Donations are also accepted by mail when you are paying your Arlington Water Utilities bill.

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