SNAP: 1,800 energy assistance appointments available

SPOKANE, Wash. - If you weren't able to receive assistance with your energy bills this winter, now may be your chance.

SNAP has 1,800 appointments left for those people who need help. You may qualify to get help with your bills, if you make 125 percent the poverty rate or below.

The organization hopes to help 13,000 households this year, which is still a thousand fewer homes than last year.

SNAP Energy Certification's Alice Damm says the drop is due to a cut in federal funding.

"The funding is not as good as last year, but much better than what we thought we were going to get," Damm said.

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Damm is pushing appointments, because it's peoples last chance of the season to get assistance. SNAP receives money to help low-income families by paying a part of their energy bills. 

You too can get help, but you have to qualify first. Damm says it's not too late or too early to get help.

"We can help them with bills they've fallen behind on. We can help them build a credit to go into the spring and summer and maybe even into winter so they don't start behind next fall," she said.

If you'd like to make an appointment you can call snap between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the weekdays. SNAP's number is 242-2376.

You can also visit their website at www.snapwa.org.