COLUMBUS: The long, cold winter has been a drain on the household budgets of many Ohioans.
Nearly 134,000 have received $34 million in help with heating bills through Ohioís Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program. Because of the severity of the winter, the deadline to apply for help has been extended to April 15.
The typical deadline is March 31.
David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, tells the Columbus Dispatch that the extension allows those Ohioans who didnít think they would need the help to apply for it.
Regina Clemons, the programís director of emergency assistance, said the agency is seeing lots of people who had never sought before. She said the agency can usually stop disconnects by enrolling people in one or more energy-assistance program.
Income limits to qualify for the HEAP assistance are $27,143 for a family of two, $34,178 for a family of three and increasing by $7,035 with each additional family member.
For more information, call 800-282-0880 or go to http://energyhelp.ohio.gov.