- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A nonprofit organization serving 20 western Alaska villages says it will make $325,000 available this year to help people in its communities pay for costly heating oil for their homes.

The Coastal Villages Region Fund is a community development quota nonprofit involved in harvesting seafood. Its members are located along the state’s western coast between Scammon Bay and Platinum.

Fund officials say the organization began providing the help in 2008 and has since distributed more than $1.2 million for energy relief.

Officials say household heads who are verified as eligible residents in the communities are eligible for the latest distribution.

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