HEAP offers help

Local residents know how tough the last few months have been for our economy, and the families struggling to keep their heads above water while what has been an inconvenience to some becomes financially crippling to others.

Though most utilities are refraining from shutting off service right now, that doesn’t mean the notices and warnings have stopped.

But there is help available. Washington-Morgan Community Action and the Buckeye Hills Regional Council are continuing their Home Energy Assistance Program, with a few tweaks to adjust to what the virus has wrought in our communities.

While the program normally helps with electric bills for income-eligible seniors, this year households in which a member was diagnosed with COVID-19, where there has been a disconnect notice, where electricity has been shut off, or where they are trying to establish new service on an electric bill are also eligible for help.

There are hoops to jump through, and rightly so; but those who are at or below 175 percent of the poverty level and meet other requirements can get a much-needed hand up during this crisis with one-time assistance through the program. If you are in need and wondering if this program can help, contact the Washington-Morgan Community Action office.

Local organizations continue to be flexible in meeting the needs presented because of this virus. Mid-Ohio Valley residents are fortunate to have so many willing to help.


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