- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Officials in central Ohio say they expect to see a large number of applicants for emergency heating assistance programs this winter.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1zijSBz ) last year’s brutal winter may mean some Ohioans are already behind on heating bills as temperatures drop this fall.

A spokeswoman with a Columbus-area administrator for the Home Energy Assistance Program says shut-offs and termination notices in Franklin County are already higher than normal.

The Winter Crisis Program within the Home Energy Assistance Program offers a one-time payment for Ohio households with gross incomes at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level, which can help restore utility service or delay shut-offs.

The newspaper reports nearly 150,000 households were aided by the program last winter, and officials anticipate large numbers again this year.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com


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