Home Energy Assistance Program

Shortly before 4 am Monday morning in Enterprise, lines began to form outside the Enterprise Recreation Center.

More than 500 Coffee County residents signed-up for energy assistance.

The federal program helps offset the expense to either heat or cool a home. The sign-up takes place twice a year, once in the fall and again in the summer.

It is designed for low-income residents who have to make decisions on whether to cool their homes, or cutback on food and other essential items.

Program coordinator Dottie Strickland said, "I think we have a lot more people than we normally would. The light bills are exceedingly high. Air conditioning is essential for the elderly to stay cool."

Coffee County was the last of five-Wiregrass counties to hold sign-ups for the energy assistance this summer.

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