Access offers utility bill assistance to those in need

Medford, Ore. — Higher utility bills have sparked a heated discussion on social media, but a local non-profit is offering their assistance.

Access says their Energy Assistance program has seen an increase of at least 50-percent this Winter. The organization typically offers one grant per year to anyone who needs help with a utility bill.

“People started getting the Pacific Power bills, the Avista bills at a lot larger, and we definitely had a large influx of people walking in, of people calling,” Customer Service Manager James Raison said. “But that’s good, because we have the ability to help people.”

The organization also loan out heaters to people who rely on gas heat, if their services have been shut off.

For more information on the Energy Assistance program, click here.

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