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Community Action Agency of Siouxland addresses heating bill concerns

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

With cold temperatures and propane shortages, the price of heating and electric bills has gone up for many.

And, the Community Action Agency of Siouxland said it's seen a spike in bills across the board this month for clients who use natural gas, electric, and of course, propane.

Community Services Director LaRae Lyons said out of all the people they assist through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, the least number of clients use propane.

But, she's still worried for those using propane because the costs have climbed so high.

"It's a concern because if we've assisted people to the max that we can assist with, we aren't going to be able to assist any longer. And, at the price that it's running a gallon these days, the clients can't afford to buy any more either," Lyons said.

Lyons said they have about $50,000 in their emergency assistance funds for LIHEAP clients, which she hopes will be enough for now.

To qualify as "emergency," she said one would already have to be in the program and then receive a bill they can't afford to pay.

The government is taking note of these concerns, just yesterday the Iowa Senate voted for an energy assistance bill that would appropriate $2,000,000 for the LIHEAP program.

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