People line-up for heating assistance in Haywood County, NC

Written on: December 9, 2016 by ICM

By Rex Hodge, WLOS (ABC13)
Cold weather is suddenly upon us and that means higher heating costs. For many that can be a challenge. So, Haywood County’s Department of Social Services provides assistance to those with low incomes.
The DSS office in Clyde is seeing 50 to 60 people a day filling out applications . Sometimes, wait times have lasted a couple hours, although the office said lines were better on Thursday.
The office offers assistance with electric bills and heating oil.
“We initially purchase 100 gallons for those individuals that are completely out, or who are nearly out, which is most of the time folks are in that position,” said Economic Services Supervisor Carole Edwards.
Edwards said that 100 gallons usually lasts until the end of January or early February. Those who qualify can apply again if necessary.
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