NORFOLK--The cooler weather feels good now and many people are saving money by turning off the AC and opening the windows.
But when the temperature really drops, some families will have trouble staying warm.
The Salvation Army is now taking applications for heating assistance to cover Dominion Virginia Power, Virginia Natural Gas and fuel oil costs.
The summer assistane program helped more than 1,100 families in Hampton Roads by stopping the disconnection of service or paying to have service restored. Officials expect the number of families in need to double this winter.
"The economy is somewhat better but we have to remember that there are always going to be people who are in need we need to help those because a lot of those people have children, "said Captain Brett Meredith with the Salvation Army.
Heating assistance is available October 1 through May 31 or as funding permits.