MEDFORD, Ore. — A fewer number of people have signed up for help keeping their electricity on, but ACCESS says that number may be misleading.
The organization said 2,057 people are signed up for the program, which helps low-income families help pay for heating costs. About 2,600 people signed up a year ago. But ACCESS said the lower number this year may be because the program was slowed down by the government shutdown last fall.
ACCESS is helping about 50 to 60 households a day, and says it is currently booked up until the end of February.
“Around this time it is common to see a lot more people needing assistance than us being able to help them at the time that they call in,” said Kate Rodriguez with ACCESS.
ACCESS workers recommend people needing assistance to call ahead and set it up a few weeks in advance.