Financial help for paying winter heating bills available

The drought and excessive heat of this summer has some predicting an excessively cold and wet winter.

As Jackson County residents prepare their homes for the coming weather, many are bracing for higher bills that come with heating their homes.

Human Services Inc. once again will offer the Energy Assistance Program to help families who struggle paying winter utility bills.

Jackson County director Missy Woods said the program begins Nov. 5 and will continue until May 17 or until funds are depleted. She said the program, previously known as Project Safe, looks at family size and income to determine the amount of money a family will receive.

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