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Hundreds file for heating assistance

The Central Arkansas Development Council says more than 600 people showed up in the first 80 minutes of electric bill assistance in Little Rock on Monday.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Central Arkansas Development Council says more than 600 people showed up in the first 80 minutes of electric bill assistance in Little Rock on Monday.

CADC is running mass intake days in 12 counties this week for low-income Arkansans seeking assistance in paying electric heating bills.

The line at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds started early on Monday, as hundreds stood out in the cold in order to try and keep their home warm.

Annette Blair of North Little Rock says she arrived after 9am.

"This actually isn't as long a line as I've seen in the past. It's already been a hard winter on a lot of people," Blair says. "I'm blessed and thankful this is available."

The low income housing energy assistance program or LIHEAP, accepts the first 600 people to get in line during intake days. CADC met that number by 10:20am on Monday.

Valerie Childs says she lives in a townhouse and hopes to keep it warm.

"I'm a recent college graduate and I am looking for a job," Childs says. "The set up today has been great, everyone has been helpful."

The mass intake days continue this week. For more information and to see if CADC has a facility in your county for assistance, just visit the CADC website.

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