SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- As the temperatures begin to drop in the Ozarks, utility bills start going up. For many struggling to get by paying those bills is becoming more difficult. Project SHARE is stepping in, helping those is need this winter season.
The project is actually in it's 29th year. The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation is seeing a large upswing in those needing help and City Utilites is getting ready to start a marketing campaign to get more people involved.
OACAC is used to dealing with a large demand with not as many funds as needed. "We're seeing more people apply for energy assistance, crisis assistance, bigger bills," OACAC Executive Director Carl Rosenkranz said, "although it's early."
Temperatures are dropping and many people in the Ozarks are having to turn up the thermostat. "Bills sometimes get really high," Rosenkranz said, "and we don't know what we are facing this year." Some simply can't afford to crank the heat. Without help some run the risk of having their power shut off.