April 24, 2014

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Help with winter heating bills available

MEDINA — As temperatures outside drop, families facing a heating disconnection have somewhere to turn for help this winter.

Community Action of Wayne and Medina Counties can provide heat assistance to most county residents facing a disconnection, those who have been disconnected and those with less than a 10-day supply of fuel through the Home Energy Assistance Program.

Carla Unkefer, CEO of Community Action, said her organization has been busy helping people sign up for HEAP, especially when temperatures fall.

“We’ve seen a lot of people already, but it does vary from day to day,” she said.

The Community Action office at 820 W. Lafayette Road offers HEAP sign-ups by appointment 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursdays and 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays. Walk-in appointments are accepted 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Screenings for walk-in appointments start 8 a.m. and appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who would like to sign up for heat assistance need to bring the following documentation:

• Photo identification.

• Current electric bill (even if heat is supplied by gas or propane).

• Gas or propane bill or shutoff notice if heat isn’t provided by electricity.

• Proof of income for the last 90 days.

• Social Security cards for all household members.

• If you rent your home or apartment, contact information for the landlord is also needed.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (330) 723-2229 or visit www.cawm.org.