With fuel costs rising and temperatures dropping, many people are finding themselves in a financial bind this winter.
Temperature are expected to dip into the 20s by the end of the week, but area residents don't have to go through a utility getting shut off to battle heating costs.
The Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, is an option for anyone who is facing heating disconnection, has already been disconnected or has less than 10 days supply of bulk fuel.
It's a federally funded program that runs from November 1 until March 31, but more than half of the allotted $40 million for Ohio has already been spent, according to Kelly Schlissberg, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Development.
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