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Yakima's Heating Assistance Program Almost Up & Running

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It's that time of year again when a local non-profit community services group starts taking applicants for the heating assistance program. It's that time of year again when a local non-profit community services group starts taking applicants for the heating assistance program.

YAKIMA, WA -- It's that time of year again when a local non-profit community services group starts taking applicants for the heating assistance program.

Yakima's website, yvoic.org will open on Monday at 7 a.m. and will stay open for four days.

The director said in that short amount of time more than 3,000 people from the Upper Valley will schedule appointments. But as the need rises, funding slows down.

"We can see that the funds are being cut gradually, which means that less money, less service for clients," said John Riggins, the Director of Community Services. "So we try to do the best we can with what we can get."

The energy assistance program is funded by the State Department of Commerce, but Riggins said in times like these they can get more help from the Salvation Army.

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