By AMBER GINTER
Southern Ohio Today
The Community Action Committee of Pike County is dedicated to improving the well-being and independence of those served within the community.
The organization has early childhood programs, free tax preparation, social services, summer food banks, and more, and is now adding a Winter Crisis Energy Program.
Announcing the 2020-2021 Winter Crisis Program, The Community Action Committee of Pike County offers a heating assistance program that may provide a one-time payment toward a heating utility, bulk fuel, and/or furnace repair service for those who meet the program eligibility requirements.
“The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) is a federally funded program designed to help eligible Ohioans meet the rising cost of heating bills during the winter months. Applicants must be at or below 175% of federal poverty guidelines,” said Pam Crawford, Social Services Program Director for the Community Action Committee of Pike County.
Crawford, who started working for Community Action nearly 30 years ago, has worked in the social service field most of her professional life and believes her organization has built a repertoire of services in the community while making a difference.
“I wanted to be a part of that history. There are many programs in the agency, but it does not end there. We work together with other community and surrounding county agencies to help meet the needs of the people/households we serve,” Crawford said. “It is the mission of the Community Action Committee of Pike County to improve the well-being and independence of those we serve, and that includes the HEAP program.”
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), also known as LIHEAP, is a federally funded energy assistance program to help low-Income families meet their home energy costs. The HEAP program consists of Regular HEAP, Emergency HEAP, and Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement.
“Income eligible households may experience challenges in paying their utility bills. This funding helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs,” Crawford said.
While each county in the state has an agency that will assist households in applying for HEAP, the Community Action Committee of Pike County is the contact organization in Pike County to contact for questions or eligibility requirement/application information.
The program runs through March 30, 2021. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday by calling the HEAP Hotline at (740) 289-4525 or 1-888-328-9634.
For more information, visit www.pikecac.org.