A local program that helps people who can't pay their power bills is serving more people than ever.
The Home Energy Assistance Program received $2.9 million in 2008. This year it received $3.2 million in stimulus money.
Letha Dunn, the program director of community service at Multi-County Community Service Agency said this additional funding was greatly needed in a down economy.
"Because of the economy we've had double the requests for assistance," said Dunn. "A lot of people are laying people off and those people are coming in. We are seeing people we've never seen before coming in and seeking assistance. So it was good that we got this amount of funding."
This program is specifically designed to help low-income Mississippians pay their gas and electric bills.