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Signing Up For Heat Assistance

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Applications are available for assistance to help pay heating bills.

Millions of dollars available to help those in need pay their bills.

This winter with so many struggling to make ends meet, higher heating bills are forcing more to turn for help.

"We have seen the need already this year," said Michelle Mowery Johnson, spokeswoman for Tennessee's Department of Human Services.

She said that applications for the department's heating assistance program are up 40 percent over same period last year.

"We've already had42,000 families apply for assistance," she said.

A family of four making $24,000 a year qualify for assistance. The elderly and families with children under five get preferential treatment.

"This $80 million is really going a long way to help folks out this winter," she said.

Johnson said Tennessee will get triple it's normal allotment for utility assistance this year from the federal energy assistance program.

"That is going to help tremendously with folks who are struggling to pay their heating bills. People are making tough choices these days," she said. "Do you fill up the car or pay utility bills? Do you buy your medicines or kick up the thermostat to stay warm?"

The agency is accepting applications through the week at 19 agencies around Middle Tennessee.

To apply for home heating assistance from the Tennessee Department of Human Services, click here.

Also, to apply for home energy assistance for Davidson County residents, click here. For information about agencies across the state that provides assistance, click here. Also, contact Nashville Electric Service at 615-736-6900.

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