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Over $4 Million Coming to Help People's Utility Bills in the Panhandle

Phyllis Cook, Executive Director of Panhandle Community Services Phyllis Cook, Executive Director of Panhandle Community Services

People suffering from high utility bills may see help on the horizon, and it could also help the economy.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is handing out almost 124 million dollars across the state.

And one of the top ten beneficiaries is right here in the Panhandle.

The $4.1 million that is coming to our region is sorely needed.

Xcel Energy says in 2008, their debt from customers who have not paid bills went up over one million dollars.

And they usually have to pass that cost on to people who are not delinquent.

The Panhandle Community Services says it is excited to distribute the money to people who need it.

"These are the people that are flat living pay check to pay check. Social security check to social security check, or zero to zero," said Phyllis Cook, the Executive Director of Panhandle Community Services.

Who added that Last year, for this similar utility program, they received just over one million dollars.

The Panhandle Community Services says anyone interested in the assistance is urged to call their local offices.

You can find out more information here: http://www.pcsvcs.org/

If you're delinquent on your Xcel Energy bill, you are asked to call (800) 895-4999.

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