The words assistance, assistants sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do assistance, assistants sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: assistance, assistants are homophones of the English language.
The act of assisting.
Aid; help: financial assistance.
Plural form of assistant.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.