Money assistance readies for upcoming winter season

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The weather is cooling down quickly and that means heaters will start going soon if they haven't already.

South Central Community Action Partnership is one organization that will help with heating costs.

The energy assistance program benefits low income individuals and households with their winter heating bill.

Although it does not cover the whole amount, one person who does use the program says is still helps.

Mary Ann Wuebker has been using the energy assistance program for the last two years and plans to do so again this year.

"It's a tremendous help to us," she said. "We're low income, I speak for myself, but you don't anticipate when you're young and you're working that you're going to need help when you're older."

The director of the program tells KMVT that just last year, the average for electric was about $300 and the average for Intermountain Gas was a little over $100.

Kayleen Benedictus, the program director of the energy assistance program, says, "The income limit is 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, so as long as you're under that depending on how big the household is, then they'll qualify."

The organization is now prepping for the upcoming season, which kicks off on Nov. 1.

Benedictus says they will start with those who received help last year and who has food stamps.

Office appointments for the rest who want assistance start Dec. 1.

For more information on the low income energy assistance program, visit

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