Lancaster Choice Energy offers assistance to furloughed federal workers who are also LCE customers.

The City of Lancaster is joining forces with the City of Palmdale to assist residents who are federal government employees during the current federal government shutdown.

Lancaster Choice Energy is offering assistance for furloughed federal workers who are also LCE customers. LCE customers who are furloughed workers or are working without pay will have deferred energy bill payments until 30 days after the shutdown has been lifted.

Call LCE at (661) 723-6084 for more information.

For the full press release and to learn about additional resources, see below.


Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale Join Forces to Assist Federally Employed Local Residents Affected by Federal Government Shutdown

The City of Lancaster is joining forces with the City of Palmdale to assist residents who are federal government employees during the current federal government shutdown.

“Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer and I are committed to the wellbeing of our residents – and are working together to take care of those in our community who are most affected by the government shutdown,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This is a scary time for many federal employees who already work hard to make ends meet and are now faced with bills to pay and families to feed, and yet no paycheck. Regardless of your political opinion of the shutdown, it’s time for all of us to come together and be responsive to these needs – and help our neighbors and friends through this challenging time.”

To support federal workers in the community who have been furloughed or are working without pay, the Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale are implementing assistance programs, as well as listing all known resources available locally and nationally on their main websites. The two cities share a common landing page, https://goo.gl/R8hb2W, which provides links to their respective listings. These listings will be continuously updated as resources evolve.

“Our local residents are experiencing hardships not of their making and it is lasting much longer than anyone expected,” said Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer. “The City of Palmdale is committed to working with the City of Lancaster to make sure our affected residents have access to City services and other available resources to help them make it through the impacts of the federal government shutdown.”

The City of Lancaster is deferring fees for Lancaster business licensing and parking citations, as well as recreation program registration fees for federal employees during the shutdown. Additionally, the City’s utility company, Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE), will defer federal employee customers’ energy bill payments until 30 days after the shutdown has been lifted. Food assistance is also available via Grace Resources.

The City of Palmdale will also be deferring payment of Palmdale parking citations and recreation program registration fees for federal employees within their jurisdiction. Palmdale’s SAVES food program and the HPRP Rental Assistance Program are additional resources available to Palmdale residents.

For contact information regarding Lancaster and Palmdale specific programs, or to learn about additional non-City resources for affected federal workers, please visit the shared Lancaster-Palmdale assistance page: Government Shutdown Assistance