Winter can be a tough time to keep the heat on, but the HEAP Winter Crises Program is ready to help.
HARCATUS Family Support Centers are getting ready for the cold weather, and looking for families that need assistance during the winter months. The program begins on November 1st and provides help for those who are in danger of losing heat because of financial reasons.
HARCATUS Community Services Director Michelle Lucas says because there are so many ways to heat a home, the program can help in many ways.
Low-income households that are at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines who have had their utilities shut off, or received a disconnect notice are eligible. The one-time assistance will be available until March 31st. Lucas says the Winter Crises Program depends each year on federal funds.
For those that do not qualify for the low-income program, other options include the Winter Connect Order, which allows residents to make a one-time payment to have utilities connected, the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus, and budget billing through local utility companies.
Lucas says she has seen those with huge bills able to manage payments and get caught up.
To schedule and appointment with a Family Support Center Office in Dennison, New Philadelphia, Carrollton or Cadiz, call 1-855-806-9650.
You can hear more about the Winter Heating Crises Program and HARCATUS on this Saturday’s Issues Only.