Killeen: City helps more than 90 with utility bills

The City of Killeen has helped more than 90 residents with utility bills amid the coronavirus outbreak. (File)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The City of Killeen has paid utility bills for 92 households and is processing more applications for assistance amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The city received 240 applications in all and officials hope to be able to assist all the eligible applicants, city spokeswoman Hilary Shine said.

The city has also approved rental assistance for 16 households and officials hope to send the checks to landlords this week, she said.

“We are prioritizing those with the lowest incomes first but we hope to serve all 240 applicants,” Shine said.

Just this week a statewide moratorium on evictions was lifted and some residents are worried about keeping a roof over their heads.

The Salvation Army launched a program this week to provide assistance.

In the last two days the Salvation Army in Waco has received more than 80 calls from people in need who need help with their rent payments.

Maj. Jim Taylor says those who need help should act fast.

“Don’t sit around on your notice, it’s going to take a little time for us to work the process so please contact us as soon as your get your notice,” Taylor said.