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More than 2,000 helped with heating bills through EHEAP

WSOS Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) helped thousands of northwest Ohio residents stay warm this winter.

The program, which ran Nov. 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018, helped 2,062 residents of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties with utility assistance payments as well as heater and furnace repair.

“EHEAP provides multiple avenues for support to help keep people safe and warm during the winter months,” WSOS Basic Needs Specialist Joyce McCauley-Benner said.

In most cases, EHEAP funding supported emergency utility bill assistance to help households that were facing a utility shut off or had low bulk fuel supplies. In some instances, EHEAP could fund furnace repairs up to $500, so long as the repair could restore the furnace to working condition. For homes in which furnace repairs were not feasible, EHEAP could fund up to two energy-efficient heaters with multiple safety modes.

Though EHEAP has ended for the winter 2017-2018 season, WSOS continues to assist residents with utility costs through the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) that sets fixed monthly utility payment rates based on income for customers in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca County. The program is available for regulated utilities customers whose income is at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $36,900 for a household of four).

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-441-4327, or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov. For more information on WSOS Community Action Commission services, call 1-800-775-9767 or visit www.wsos.org.