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Local Program Offers Help With Your Utility Bills

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By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A local organization is offering financial help to individuals and households this winter.

TheSouth Central Community Action Partnership hopes to eliminate the cause and effects of poverty in the Magic Valley.

Through the help of a federal program they're one step closer to that vision.

As the winter months roll in, our heating bills go up.

For some in the Magic Valley it can be a financial stress.

"They'll try to pay their het and forgo other things like food or medical," said Ken Robinette, Executive Director, SCCAP.

That's when the Community Action Partnership steps in.

"Last year we assisted over 6,000 households. This year we're looking to try to reach out to about 7,000 households to provide assistance to," said Robinette.

Peg Bearden has been utilizing the program for the last three years.

For her, the assistance is greatly appreciated as her heating bill begins to climb.

"In the winter time it can almost triple and if they can just help me for say and average of three months during the winter, it helps me tremendously,” said Bearden, receives assistance.

Before that getting through the winter months was a challenge.

"I probably adjusted the heat more, you know, layered up more in my clothing," said Bearden.

Those who get electric heat from Idaho Power will also get an energy saving kit, which have items that will help them save up to $300 a year on their heating bill.

"We are still fighting that war on poverty and each day we win a little battle by helping somebody become a little more self–sufficient," said Robinette.

Since the beginning of the program on November 1st, nearly one–thousand households have received assistance.

The program has been extended through June of next year.

If you'd like to find out if you're eligible call the Community Action Partnership at 736-0676.



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