Fund to help poor pay heating bills running low on money - KMOV.com

Fund to help poor pay heating bills running low on money

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(KMOV.com) – A program designed to help low income residents pay their heating bills is running low on money, News 4 learned Monday.

The Northeast Community Action Cooperation (NECAC) assisted around 4,000 people with their utility bills last winter. Assistance is supposed to be available through March, but the organization said it ran out of money in January. The organization said it is already short on funds and is seeing increased demand.

“We have 300 more applications so far turned in this year than at this time last year,” said Casey Burton with NECAC.

A family of three with an income of $27,000 or below is considered eligible. Social service workers told News 4 those in need often have to choose between paying utility bills and paying for food and medicine.

Burton said those on the bubble between qualifying and not qualifying should apply. Burton also said there it is usually 30 days between when someone applies and when they are approved.

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