Having trouble paying for your heating bills but don't qualify for other assistance programs? Help is on the way.
With the approval of the Public Utilities Commission, Columbia Gas of Ohio has created a $2.1 million payment assistance fund to help customers who do not qualify for existing energy assistance programs.
These funds will help customers with incomes between 175 and 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines, according to PUCO.
For a family of four, the household income could be up to $42,400 per year.
Columbia Gas of Ohio president Jack Partridge said in a news release the company is pleased to offer extra assistance in tough times.
"We understand that current economic conditions, with job cuts being announced almost daily, are making it tough on people, even those who don't qualify for traditional energy assistance programs," Partridge said.
Columbia also announced today that additional money is available for customers with incomes below 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines who have exhausted all other available funds, such as HEAP assistance. The company will distribute $1.85 million through the fund over the next five winter heating seasons.
Customers who believe they may be eligible for help should contact their local community action commission.
Customers in Erie and Huron counties may contact the Erie Huron Counties Community Action Commission at (419) 626-4320. They may also call the Columbia Customer Contact Center at (800) 344-4077 for information on where to apply.