HEAP Winter Crisis Program available

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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 dis- connection, 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.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 or visit http://develop- ment.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htm for more information.