July 24, 2016

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Heating assistance deadline extended

The deadline for a heating assistance program for those threatened with disconnection or whose service has been disconnected has been extended from March 31 to April 15.

“Our heating bills for these cold winter days will come due in March and 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, which overseas the program.

Those interested in the help must have a face-to-face interview with a Winter Crisis Program provider. The provider in Medina County is Community Action Wayne/Medina.

Julie Kastner, professional development coordinator with Community Action Wayne/Medina, welcomed the deadline extension.

She said her organization was working to “spread the word to as many low-income individuals as possible in our area about this free program.”

So far this winter season, more than 116,000 Ohioans have applied for the help.

In Medina County, 613 Medina County households had enrolled in the federal Home Energy Assistance Program as of late January, compared with 586 in all of last winter.

The program also is available for household heated by fuel oil and propane and provides assistance to residents whose tank’s are down to 25 percent or less of capacity.

Eligibility for the federally funded program depends on the total household income. To be eligible, applicants must have annual income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, which is about $41,213 for a family of four.

Assistance in applying for the program is available at Community Action Wayne/Medina’s office at 820B W. Lafayette Road, Medina.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; or Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; or Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., call (330) 723-2229.

No appointment is needed for “walk-ins,” 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Additional Thursday-only appointments are available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Action Wayne/Medina Rittman Outreach Center, 110 S. Main St., Rittman.

More information also is available at www.cawm.org.

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