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GLCAP assists more than 1,200 households this winter

GLCAP assists more than 1,200 households this winter

More than 1,200 households in northwest Ohio were assisted with heating needs this winter through Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP).

The GLCAP Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) helped Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood County residents with utility payments to prevent shut-offs, restore utilities, or replenish propane, kerosene, or other heating supplies. GLCAP provided more than $400,000 in energy-related assistance to families in need. Staff are still in the process of tallying the final figures from the program period, which ran Nov. 1, 2021-March 31, 2022.

Although the EHEAP program has ended for this winter season, residents still have time to apply for assistance through the regular Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) that provides a one-time energy credit per year for utility or bulk-fuel bills.

“HEAP helps thousands of people every year with lowering their utility costs—we encourage anyone who is eligible to reach out for assistance,” GLCAP Energy Assistance Manager Joyce McCauley-Benner said.

HEAP is available to households at or below 175% of federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $46,375/household of four). The deadline to apply for assistance is May 31. Details are available at www.glcap.org/heap.

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