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SNAP Energy Assistance: How To Get Help If You Missed Round One

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There are thousands of families in the Spokane area who need help staying warm during the cold winter season; but the demand for energy assistance always outpaces what local neighborhood action program SNAP can meet.

This year, SNAP opened roughly 6,000 appointments for energy assistance and they were filled in a matter of hours – despite some major headaches from the website crashing due to overuse.

"With our funding we'll only help about 25% of the population that's eligible in Spokane County," SNAP Energy Operations Coordinator Carol Weltz told KHQ's Kelsey Watts. "If you haven't gotten in on the first or second round, wait for the third."

But the second round of 4,500 appointments won't open until January 21st. The third round will come in March.

If you're looking for assistance between now and then, you can call your local SNAP office to sign up for a one-hour energy conservation class. There are roughly 400 energy appointments available for those who take the class.

If you've received a shut-off notice or are out of fuel to heat your home, SNAP does still have emergency funding to help you. Contact your local SNAP office for more information.

If all else fails, remember, SNAP isn't the only local agency here to help. Call 2-1-1 to be connected with other resources to stay warm this winter.

To reach local SNAP offices:

Armory, 212 W. 2nd: 509-744-3370

NE Spokane, 4001 N. Cook: 509-487-1114

Spokane Valley, 10814 E. Broadway: 509-926-1054

 

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