AEP accepting applications for heating assistance starting Monday

LIMA — Applications for winter hearing assistance through the AEP Ohio “Neighbor to Neighbor” program will be accepted starting Monday.

Through a partnership between AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power company and Dollar Energy Fund, eligible AEP Ohio utility customers who need help during the winter months can apply for financial assistance to maintain or restore their electric service.

Certain homeowners may qualify for assistance through September.

Eligible families in need can receive a grant, which is applied directly to their AEP Ohio account, to prevent disconnection from occurring or to restore their electric service. The program will accept applications from households seeking heating assistance on a first-come, first-served basis through April 30 while funds are available.

In Allen County 1,007 households have received $262,905 in grants since the program started.

To qualify, an applicant’s total gross household income must be at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. For example, a family of four earning up to $50,200 per year is income eligible for the program.

Households must have made a sincere effort of payment of $75 on their electric bill in the last 90 days and have a minimum balance of $50 due on their AEP Ohio bill.

Full eligibility guidelines are available at

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