Utility help offered through winter crisis program


LIMA — The Ohio Development Services Agency and West Ohio Community Action Partnership are encouraging those looking for utility assistance during the winter months to learn more about the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program.

“As the pandemic continues into the winter, it is important that Ohioans are able to stay safe and warm in their homes,” OSDA Director Lydia Mihalik said in a press release. “The Winter Crisis Program can ease the burdens of families. Ohioans who need help with their energy bills should visit energyhelp.ohio.gov to learn more about the program.”

Last year, 1,490 families in the Allen, Auglaize and Mercer counties were helped through the program, which assists low-income households that have been disconnected, need to establish new service, need to pay to transfer service, have 25% of bulk fuel supply remaining, or have a household member who was diagnosed with Covid-19 in order to help them stay warm during the winter.

For more information locally about the program, those interested can contact WOCAP at 419-227-2586.

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