Energy Funds Still Available at SNAP - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Energy Funds Still Available at SNAP

SPOKANE, Wash. - Despite record low temperatures this morning, appointments for energy assistance are still readily available at SNAP. Nearly $400,000 in energy assistance money remains unspent for this season.

"The phone lines and web site activity has quieted," according to SNAP Energy Assistance Program Director Margaret Belote. "We're concerned that eligible families are not getting the assistance that is available."

Spokane County residents who have not received energy grants during the season that started in October 2009 should apply for this help now.

Phone calls are accepted on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are also available on the SNAP website at www.snapwa.org/ Snap Assistance Phone Number is: (509) 242-2376/Phone Line Open Tuesday and Thursday

Well over 17,000 energy assistance appointments have been scheduled so far this season. Nearly $7 million dollars have been allocated to help Spokane County families cope with their energy costs.

Those with energy emergencies, such as a shut-off notice or a shortage of heating oil, should contact any SNAP office for an immediate appointment. Over 2600 households have been given emergency assistance. Nearly $600,000 has been spent to resolve these situations.

"When the weather improves, people forget that they still can qualify for these programs to assist struggling Spokane County families," Belote said.

 

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