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Local Agencies Concerned About Heating Assistance Delays

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Colder temperatures have many local agencies concerned about recent funding cuts and delays to heating assistance.

Five Cap in Mason County is one organization dealing with delays. The community action agency normally has funding for deliverable fuels by this time of year but is still waiting on those funds.

The Salvation Army in Ludington is also waiting to hear back on its funding. The organization does have a program through DTE that will give people who qualify subsidies on their heating bills but you have to apply before October 31st.

The state has changed when you can start applying for assistance through the Department of Human Services from October 1st to November 1st. Another change will allow people to apply with a past due notice instead of a shut off notice.

Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Tony Zyber have more on the changes this year and the need for assistance.