On Nov. 1, the first day Eblen Charities in Asheville opened its heating assistance program for the winter, there were so many people in line that an hour after interviews began, Eblen worker Philippe Rosse told late arrivals to come back the next day. ... “There will be a lot more demand (for heating assistance this year) than there will be supply,” said Herb Sherlin, a Department of Social Services adult services caseworker in Clay County. “You’ll still have the same number of people who are used to getting (the assistance), but we’ll be able to serve a lot less people because we’ve got a lot less money.”Read the full article
Last fiscal year, Clay County helped 748 households with $200,251, Sherlin said. This fiscal year, it expects to help 50 households with about $15,000, he said. ...
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