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Residents line up for heat assistance

December 1, 2005

Albany-- Covered in blankets throughout the night, some Albany residents took to the streets and spent the night in the cold. Many south Georgians were out in the freezing cold earlier this morning to get some help paying their electric bills.

With temperatures at 35º, some Albany residents wanted to be the first to qualify for grant money being given to low income residents. Some people were out as early as 6:00 PM Tuesday, and stayed until after 8:00 this morning.

People were told to go to the Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center at 901 North Jackson Street in Albany to apply. After hours of standing, sitting, and waiting, residents finally got a chance to see the administrators and interview. The process, if approved, can take four to six weeks.

Many people we talked to said that they are grateful for the money, but wish there were more options.

"We got some elderly people here, and it's pretty cold out here as you can see," said Albany Resident Jeanette Plowden. "But they took the effort to come because they need help. I need help."

The interviews will continue throughout the day. There are certain restrictions and criteria that families must meet to qualify. Most of the people we talked to said they wouldn't have heat this holiday were it not for the help.

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