One Area Agency's Need is Greater Than Supply

Ali Allison
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Some area families are worried they may not have heat or electricity as we head into the winter months. Panhandle Community Services ran out of state funds early this year because so many people are seeking aid.

In Potter and Randall Counties alone, the program has spent $1 million helping pay utility bills in 2010. $5 million was spent helping folks in the other 24 counties.

Panhandle Community Services say they won't have any more state funding for that program until late January or early February.

"We are at the Government's beckon call right now we are operating under a continued resolution as soon as we see how much will come from the federal level to the state and then to us," says Phillyis Cook, Director.

Cook say they ran out of funding December 8 and are referring clients to their church home or the Salvation Army.

Something they hate to do with the holidays and the colder weather on the way.