Marble Falls resource center sees spike in electricity aid requests

MARBLE FALLS — Rising temperatures have social agencies scrambling to handle a spike in the number of people needing financial assistance with their electricity bills.

The climbing mercury and the sluggish economy both have contributed to more clients asking for help than last year, add social workers.

PHOTO 1: Janie Atkinson is a social worker with Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit that has seen an increase in applicants for utility bill aid at the Marble Falls Community Resource Center, 1016 Broadway St. She is seen here with Millie Rhoades-Pike of Rural Opportunities Providing Encouragement, who shares clients. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

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