HEAP extends energy assistance

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The harsh winter has prompted Ohio to extend its energy assistance program.

The application deadline for The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program has been extended from March 31 to April 15.

The program provides assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or if their tank contains 35 percent or less of its capacity of bulk fuel.

“Our heating bills for these cold winter days will come due in March/early April. Extending the Winter Crisis Program allows Ohioans, who didn’t think they would need help, the opportunity to receive it,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

More than 116,000 Ohioans have participated in the program since November.

Applicants must meet income guidelines and make an appointment with a Winter Crisis Program provider. For more information and details on how to apply, click here.

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