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NECAC to run out of energy assistance funds by next week

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(WGEM) -- Even though we've had a mild winter so far, local agencies are already running out of funding to help people pay their heating bills.

The Northeast Community Action Corporation expects to run out of energy crisis intervention funds by next week.

Officials say it's supply versus demand: a record number of people are coming in, more than 85-hundred since October, but there's less funding.

NECAC had its funding nearly cut in half this year with just $700,000.

Now, it has less than $50,000.

Last year, the funding lasted into March, but things have changed.

"Because we don't expect any more funding. In the past congress has very generously given additional funding in the winter to these programs. But with the budget situation in Washington right now we doubt very highly that we're going to get more money," said Brent Engel, NECAC Public Relations Officer.

NECAC will still accept applications for the assistance program, just in case more money comes through.

Officials with Two Rivers Regional Council in Quincy say they've spent about 70 percent of their funds, and they are still accepting appointments.

You can also apply for LIHEAP assistance, which offers a one time payment.

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