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Housing help requests on the rise due to cold

2 Mar 2015

The recent cold spell has turned up the heat at Project SHARE.

In January and February, an average of 100 families a day turned to the local food bank for assistance.

"One day in January, we had 140 families come through the doors," said Pam Sharp, the agency's community development coordinator.

While it's unknown if an increase in need for Project SHARE's emergency food program can be attributed to the recent record cold spell, Sharp said the frigid temperatures have resulted in a jump in requests for housing assistance.

"Our housing requests for have doubled since November," Sharp said.

Project SHARE helps to connect clients with affordable housing.

"We compile lists of rentals that clients can afford," she explained.

"The majority of our clients are on a fixed income and a large portion of what they're making is going to housing."

Requests for utility assistance funding has also been high this winter, she added.

The emergency utility subsidy program provides assistance to residents living on or below the poverty line who are in threat of having their heat, water, oil or gas utilities disconnected.

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- By Alison Langley, Niagara Falls Review