Receiving Help With Bills

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- If your bills are starting to pile up, there may be help out there for you.

If you have a family of your four and your family's income is about $30,000 a year, you can apply for assistance.

The Department of Social Services can help if you are behind paying your electric or gas bill, your home is heated by either electric or gas and receive a disconnection notice.

You can also receive help if you have low supply of oil, propane or firewood.

As of Jan. 10, the department has received 90 applications for the crisis program, during the 2011-2012 winter, nearly 150 applied for it.

" As cold as it has been, I thought the numbers would be a little bit higher. I am wondering if maybe we will see a higher influx of applications as people have to use more heat during these cold spells," said Carolyn Harlow, the benefit program supervisor, "Last year was not as cold so their tank of oil may have lasted most of the heating season. As cold as it has been, I am thinking people are going to be running lower sooner and will need to have a fill up as part of the winter season being over."

While help is available, there are some limits on how much the department can assist you.

Nearly $350 for electricity and natural gas and $166 dollars for firewood.

The program will run until March 15.

If you do not want to apply online, you can also do so by visiting your local social services office.

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