Nick McWilliams reporting – The Ohio Home Energy Assistance Program is back for the colder months in the Tuscarawas Valley and beyond.

After starting on Monday, HEAP Winter Crisis can provide homes with bulk fuel for a heat source if they meet certain guidelines.

Community Services Director for HARCATUS Michele Lucas says that the program will pay for any kind of heating fuel supply, with a few stipulations.

“For example, we can go up to $750 this year for an unregulated utility, such as Dover Electric of Carroll Electric. We can pay $900 for one delivery of a bulk fuel.”

Examples of those fuel deliveries include fuel oil or propane.

As for regulated utilities such as AEP, Dominion or Columbia Gas, the program can provide up to $175.

Lucas adds that homes must a certain level on the federal poverty scale.

“The Home energy Assistance Program has a guideline. It’s 175 percent [below] the federal poverty income guideline. For example, a one-person household, it would $21,857 a year.”

Just over 1,300 homes were assisted through the program last year.

Interested residents are asked to call their appointment line at (855) 806-9650.

More information is available on www.development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htm.

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