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Heating Assistance Program Gets Off to a Cool Start Because of Weather

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Today  is normally the busiest day of the year for the Department of Human Services, kicking off the application process for it's LIHEAP Heating Assistance.

But today, the Creek county office was quiet. Usually there are lines of people, just wanting to apply.

Approved clients receive a one time payment to their utility company from 35-bucks to 220 dollars, depending on family size and income.

There is 8-million dollars available. Many people already on state assistance, automatically qualify, so they did not need to apply.

Only a few dared the still icy streets and that surprised workers who know there are families that need help.

"We just have more people than ever before on SNAP benefits, commonly referred to as food stamps, because of the the state of our economy, more and more people are eligible," said Toy O'Brien of the Department of Human Services.

Social workers expect to see more people in submitting applications, as the streets clear and cold temps warm.

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