Nick McWilliams reporting – While temperatures have remained higher than normal following a brutal Christmas weekend, help with heating homes is still available in Harrison, Carroll, and Tuscarawas Counties.

The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program is open for residents who have a gross household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Eligible residents can receive $175 for a regulated utility or $750 for an unregulated utility such as municipal utilities or electric cooperatives.

To schedule a consultation appointment, contact HARCATUS at (855) 806-9650.

All candidates will need to provide a copy of their most recent energy bill, a list of household members and proof of income, and proof of citizenship.

Last year, 1,380 families were assisted in the Tri-County area. The program is open through the end of March.

Officials urge safe heating practices, following a string of deadly fires attributed to supplemental heat in Ohio in 2022. 

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