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About $1 Million Sent To Low-Income Propane Users

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Gov. Mary Fallin says almost 4,000 low-income Oklahomans who use propane as the primary source of fuel to heat their homes have received financial assistance since the governor ordered the Department of Human Services to give them priority status.

Records show that 3,753 low-income Oklahomans who use propane for heating fuel have received more than $1 million in financial assistance since Fallin's Jan. 31 executive order.

2/2/2014 Related Story: Propane Assistance Available To Low-Income Households

Fallin instructed DHS to expedite applications for both the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Energy Crisis Assistance Program. The federal assistance programs help low-income families with heating costs in the winter, cooling costs in the summer and home insulation.

"High propane prices are really hurting Oklahoma families," said Fallin. "In some cases, we know that families are choosing not to heat their homes. That can actually be dangerous given how cold it has been."

Propane is commonly used for heating homes in rural areas not served by natural gas. There are approximately 400,000 propane users in Oklahoma.

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