With the coming of December, more people are able to get help with their utility bills in Missouri.

The North East Community Action Corporation has begun the second round of the winter energy assistance program.

The first round started November 1st and was for elderly and disabled clients. The new round, which started Monday, is for families and individuals.

Two types of assistance are available paying from 47 dollars to as much as 800 dollars. Applicants must meet income guidelines and other qualifications.

NECAC got an additional 100 thousand dollars in assistance funding for this winter, and has spent around 13 percent of the $1.4 million dollar total.

The agency urges clients to be patient as it expects a flood of applications. Customers are urged to check regularly with their utility companies to make sure bills have been paid.

Applications are available at NECAC County Service Centers in Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, and Shelby counties.