Demand for Heating Help Increases, Funding Decreases - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Demand for Heating Help Increases, Funding Decreases

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The cold weather is back and local organizations that help people pay their heating bill are seeing an increased demand for assistance.

The Salvation Army office in Cadillac just received $30,000 in funding on Friday to help people 60 years or older with their heating bills.

However, The Red Kettle Campaign was down more than $13,000 from last year making running these programs more difficult.

State funding is down for assistance overall while demand in our area appears to be increasing.

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency has already helped more than 500 people in with deliverable fuels like propane.

The agency hopes to get more state funding in the coming weeks.

You should check with your local D.H.S. office first before looking for help elsewhere.

9 and 10's Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Tony Zyber have more on the increase in demand for heating assistance.