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More families seeking heating assistance in Valley

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As the snow, along with the temperatures drop outside, Family Services Director at the Fargo-Moorhead Salvation Army is trying to make sure everyone stays warm inside.

"The Heat share program helps families in need with assistance with heating," says Tai Clark the Family Services Director at the Fargo-Moorhead Salvation Army.

The problem is they have seen a 20% increase this year for families requesting heat and the funding they received this year through the heat share funds was cut in half from last year.

"The heat share funds are given to us through state utility companies," says Clark.

To make sure everyone has heat, they have had to dig into their general fund.

"100's of households have come to Salvation Army looking for assistance," says Clark.

The Salvation Army worries that even more people will show up seeking help because as of Monday legally in Minnesota heating companies can shut someone off and many could end up out in the cold.

"In state of Minnesota it's the cold weather rule and companies are not able to disconnect families in the winter months," says Clark.

But the winter temps have dropped into spring and the Salvation Army can only hope mother nature will bring warmth soon before funds run out.

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