This winter's extreme cold has people on propane and other utility services needing heating assistance.
The State of Oklahoma has set aside $4 million of federal money to help residents with heating bills. The help now extends past just propane users. The cost of propane has skyrocketed, but this month's harsh temperatures have extended the help to other utility services.
Tuesday was sign-up day for assistance, and plenty of people came to the Department of Human Services building in downtown Tulsa to get help.
The money comes with restrictions. Residents must be within 72 hours of not having utilities and also meet income requirements.
Other help is available. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers assistance to low-income families with heating costs. Governor Fallin has ordered DHS to give priority status to LIHEAP applicants who use propane as their primary or only source of heating. To apply, call (405) 521-3444; Monday - Friday.
For more information, visit the DHS website at http://www.okdhs.org/