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Utility bill assistance offered to Daviess Co. residents

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DAVIESS CO., KY (WFIE) - There are so many customers in Daviess County who can't pay their utility bills that funds from a FEMA program are now available to help them out.

Ashley Hagan is asking for help to pay for her utilities again.

"This is my second time," Hagan said.

With a 2-year-old and other needs, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program fills in the gaps for Daviess County residents like Hagan. 

"My bill is around $400 something," Hagan said. "It's helping with diapers, clothes, and everything else."

There's only $13,000 available, and officials said it may not last long.

"Money's going pretty quick," Audubon CSBG Coordinator Angie Ditch said. "We've had quite a few people come in and apply today. We've already gone through $5,000."

Audubon coordinators said the program helps people catch up on utilities from winter months and seek EFSP funds when those bills pile up and arrangements can't be made with utility companies.

"There has been a great increase, as we've seen with all our programs this year," Ditch said. "Unemployment is up. It's really hard. I have several people under case management."

Joia Sanders said she usually doesn't come to Audubon for help, but with a new house and son to take care of it's her last chance before disconnection and before her bills increase during the summer months.

"I keep fans running, ceiling fans or windows up, or whatever to help save on the bill," Sanders said.

Coordinators said all you need is a disconnect notice, income for May, and social security cards for everyone in the home to apply. If you need help, come in soon. Funds are expected to be gone by this week.

Representatives from Kenergy said disconnect notices have increased this year.

Atmos Energy and Owensboro Municipal Utilities said their notices have declined slightly from last year.

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