HEAP Winter Crisis Program returns

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The Bridges Community Action Partnership and Ohio Development Services Agency will help Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months with application assistance for the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program, which runs through March 31.

To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program, a household must be threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $43,925.

More than 3,200 families in Champaign, Delaware, Logan, Madison, Shelby and Union were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program last year.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must complete a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider.

Customers must bring the following items to their appointment: proof of income (copies of pay stubs), copies of their most recent energy bills, list of all household members with Social Security numbers and birth dates, proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members.

To contact Bridges Community Action Partnership for an appointment, call (937) 404-9203 or visit www.bridgescap.org.

Ohioans also can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance.

Visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htmfor more information about the Winter Crisis Program.