NOCAC administers emergency heating assistance plans

With cold weather fast approaching, Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission will once again assist households to establish or maintain their heating source with the Winter Crisis Program and Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

The Winter Crisis program is designed to assist households, who find themselves in an emergency situation to get service reconnected, avoid a disconnection, or receive bulk fuel (propane, fuel oil, etc.) in order to provide heat to their home. The Winter Crisis Program is available from Sunday, Nov. 1 through March 31, 2016. Any household that is at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty guideline may apply for the program. Applicants must provide the past 90 day income for all members of the household, social security cards, birth dates, electric bill, gas bill and proof of disability (if applicable).

HEAP is a federally funded program designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. This program can only be accessed one time per season and the amount of the benefit depends on the size of the household, household income and what type of fuel is used. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied directly to the utility bill. Income eligible household must be at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty guideline. No emergency need is required for this program.

To learn more or to apply for these programs, families may contact NOCAC to schedule an appointment. For Fulton County residents, call 419-337-8601.