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4-Staters seek assistance to stay warm

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Through these cold winter months, some four-state families are finding their funds frozen as energy bills add up.

Some Missouri residents are looking to local assistance programs to help ease the pain. 

Support came just in time for Sharon Faulkner and her husband, who are now receiving assistance through an energy program led by the Economic Security Corporation. 

Faulkner says they live on a fixed income. 

"You have to decided whether your going to get your medicine or your food," said Faulker. 

Empire Electric Representatives say customers could see a increase in home energy cost because of cold temperatures. They say in some cases, they're willing to work with customers needing more time to pay their bill. 

"More people are signing up for the average payment plan and that's exactly what we like them to do," said Empire Electric's Julie Maus.

Joplin's Economic Security Corporation has low income home energy assistance programs for qualifying applicants. 

 "This year alone we already served over 5,000 customers in energy assistant programs, and about 1,700 or so in our crisis program," said ESC Director of Community Development. 

The high demand has caused some funding to dry up, but Walker says more federal assistance will be arriving soon. 

Fore more information on assistance or tips to save money on energy cost: 

http://www.empiredistrict.com/customerservice/

http://www.escswa.org/

 

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