Despite temperatures projected into the mid-20s, officials with Multi-County Community Service Agency say demand is not necessarily up for assistance.
"I talked with the young lady who directly handles that and she couldn't tell me if there's been an increase because there hasn't been slow down yet," says agency director Callie Cole.
Throughout the year MCCSA as it's better known, serves nine counties in the area: Neshoba, Kemper, Scott, Newton, Lauderdale, Smith, jasper, Clarke, and Wayne. The agency helps families in emergency situations that need heaters or fans or help paying utility bills. Because the demand is so great, the agency is now also offering WHTA's called a weatherization initiative to make homes more energy efficient.
"The only thing about that is we're not doing repair work," says MCCSA Housing Director Fred McCoy, "we're mostly just blowing insulation in the homes. In the attic and walls. We're even installing it in the floors."
So far, MCCSA officials say the weatherization program has been very successful, cutting many residents electric bills by almost 50 percent and even for some reducing visits to the doctor due to sickness."
In order to apply for any of the assistance previously mentioned you will need meet certain wage requirements and present recent copies of utility bills, a payroll stub and proper identification such as a social security card, proof of address and proof of the total number of people living in the home.
For more information on the local program call (601) 483-4838 or if you live in any other areas you can call the national number at 1-866-674-6327.