Assistance for heating costs available

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By The Staff

Do you need assistance with your heating costs?

Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, the local Community Action office will be assisting low-income families with the LIHEAP CRISIS Program.

To be eligible for crisis funds, you must be in a heating crisis. You must have a past due/disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company, or be out of bulk fuel within four days if using propane, fuel oil or kerosene, or wood, or a formal eviction notice from your landlord if heating expenses are included in the rent.

The family income level must be at or below the 130 percent federal poverty level. The benefit levels are up to $400 for natural gas or electric and/or up to 200 gallons of propane, fuel oil or kerosene or two cords of wood.

To be eligible, you must bring proof of income for the entire family for the previous month, and social security numbers, birth dates for everyone in the household and a past due/disconnect notice or bulk fuel statement. Applicants heating with propane, fuel oil, kerosene or wood must verify their physical address.

To find out more about this program, contact Rosemary Edlin at (270) 692-6411.