COPY-Rising energy costs hurting assistance programs
The rising cost of energy is tough for folks who need assistance in paying their utility bill.
With potential cuts from Washington, times may get tougher.
Congress is considering on cutting the multi-billion dollar energy assistance program by about 20 percent.
In Siouxland, the Community Action Agency uses the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program to help people struggling to pay their winter heating bills.
But officials with CAA say if LIHEAP funds do run out, they'll use other funding to help.
"If we were to run out of LIHEAP funds, it's not to say we may not have some other funding that we may be able to help with in those crisis situations, but we normally are going to use the energy assistance money first," said Craig Franzen, Assistant Community Services Director.
CAA helps about 4,000 Siouxlanders with their heating bills.