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Richland seniors and disabled can get help with energy bills

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The City of Richland Monday sent out about 600 letters to seniors and disabled people who may qualify for help to pay their energy bills.

Those letters will tell those people how to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

 This Wednesday at the Richland Community Center the city will accept applications for the Benton Franklin Community Action Committee's light and heating program.

"Generally a customer has to make an appointment to schedule for light and heat and that can take up to six weeks," says Jennifer Hayes, a utility billing representative. "With our senior and disabled customers, they can come in and apply for it that day and get approved for assistance."

To qualify for the program, a senior or disabled household must have a monthly income at or below 125-percent of poverty guidelines.

Applications will be processed as part of Senior Day from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Richland Community Center in Howard Amon Park.

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