One Lubbock organization says they've fielded hundreds of phone calls since we told you about the city's emergency utility assistance program on Tuesday. The city approved a $30,000 to help those who cannot afford to pay their utility bills. This comes one week after an elderly couple was found dead in their home after they couldn't afford to pay their gas and electric bills.
The money was divided among two organizations and one tells us the phone will not stop ringing. Joy Loper with Lutheran Social Services says, "We've had a lot of calls for utility assistance we're averaging about a call a minute."
To see if you qualify, call Lutheran Social Services at (806) 741-0459. You can also call Catholic Family Services at (806) 765-8475. However, they will not begin taking utility assistance requests until February 15th.