Advocates Help With Heating Bills

MEDFORD, Ore. — As temperatures continue to drop, heating bills are continuing to rise. Several local agencies are stepping in to help people afford those utilities.

ACCESS is currently taking applications for its heating assistance program. Low-income families can receive a one-time payment toward paying their heating bills.

The Salvation Army says it also has programs in place, including one to help low-income or at-risk senior citizens.

“This fund would be used to assist seniors, so it assists them with rent and utility assistance, and it also will help them with a lot of other things,” Salvation Army Jackie Agee.

The Jackson County Fuel Committee is also receiving requests for firewood distribution and advocates with the committee have helped restore power and stop shutoffs for more than 100 families in the Rogue Valley.