Salvation Army offering assistance paying for heating, rent bills

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FLINT (WJRT) (12/26/2017) - On frigid days like Tuesday, heat and shelter are a matter of life and death.

This can be a tough time for families trying to pay their bills. In Genesee County, the Salvation Army is not only able to provide heating assistance, but other utilities as well as rent assistance — especially this time of year.

Over the past year, the Salvation Army has provided more than $1 million dollars in assistance to area residents. That money mainly comes from grants and collaboration with utility companies likes consumers energy.

Joy Martinbianco of the Salvation Army said people often are forced to decide between paying for utilities, medication, rent or other bills when finances get tight.

"They're just making choices and they're very difficult choices," she said.

To qualify for assistance from the Salvation Army, people must have either a shut off or eviction notice. Assistance is available on an as needed basis.

And for more information on qualifying, call a local Salvation Army office or see the Related Links in this story.

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