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Just getting an appointment with SNAP (https://www.snapwa.org/) to find out if you're eligible to receive that help will take at least a month. Just getting an appointment with SNAP (https://www.snapwa.org/) to find out if you're eligible to receive that help will take at least a month.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

As the temperatures get lower, our energy bills will skyrocket, forcing many in our region to ask for financial help.

Just getting an appointment with SNAP (https://www.snapwa.org/) to find out if you're eligible to receive that help will take at least a month.

The SNAP office is so busy they're seeing about 120 energy assistance appointments everyday.

Cold weather has forced Catherine Linder to turn up the heat, and rent is getting too expensive.

"I'm a stay at home mom. And I need to go out there and look for more resources that can help us,” Linder said.

Despite the amount of appointments they see everyday, SNAP is not able to help everyone.

"We turn a lot of people away. Again it's a finite amount of money and resources. So until we can increase that there will always be people that will be turned away that we can't help," said Carol Welts, SNAP Energy Operations Coordinator.

For more information on how to get help with energy assistance, click these links:

https://www.avistautilities.com/community/assistance/pages/default.aspx

http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1586

https://www.snapwa.org/

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