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      NECAC says more money will be available for assistance

      UPDATE: October 1 at 10:10 a.m.

      The heating assistance season gets under way October 1 and the Northeast Community Action Corporation will start accepting applications from qualifying senior citizens and people with disabilities for its energy assistance programs.

      There are two programs people can qualify for.

      The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Energy Crisis Intervention Program.

      Eligibility for the programs is based upon income, the number of people per household and the type of heating source.

      Applications will be accepted by mail and in person from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. weekdays at NECAC Service Centers.

      Applications for all other eligible participants will begin November 1st.


      ORIGINAL STORY: September 25, 2013 at 4:36 p.m.

      The Northeast Community Action Corporation based in Bowling Green Missouri will once again offer low-income energy assistance known as LI-HEAP and ECIP.

      This year, NECAC got more than $900,000 in federal and state money to help people who are behind on their utility bills.

      Wendy Ellison is the service coordinator in Ralls County.

      Ellison said in 2012, her office in New London received more than 10,000 applications for assistance.

      Those applications are for both the heating and cooling seasons.

      She added that when a person applies for energy assistance they need to have proof of income for the previous month, social security card, a completed application and they need to know what their primary heat source is for the winter.

      "You need to know what your primary heat source is. If you have electric but you heat with propane, you need to know what your primary heat source is. Because we can help you with your primary and your secondary but we have to help you with you primary first," Ellison said.

      She also said that those who received assistance last year will receive an application in the mail this year.