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Programs help families with utility bills

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 04:55 PM EST

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- The cold winter has been hard on everything, including the wallet.

According to AEP-Ohio, there has been an increased usage of 7 percent from this time last year.

But there are programs in place to help for people who need assistance.

“We’ve been having calls,” said Beth Rupert-Warren, executive director of United Way of Jefferson County. “All of the agencies in the community are reporting they have been getting a demand of calls for utilities because of the hard winter.”

There is a neighbor-to-neighbor program that provides a grant directly to a customer’s AEP Ohio utility account.

This has helped Damaneisha Walker with paying for her electric bill. A bill is sent directly to a customer’s house depending on their income. Although Walker has a zero balance, she says her usage has increased.

“I’ve seen a huge difference,” she said. “I’ve seen hundreds of difference from the help they gave me.”

The HEAP program has served a little more than 1,900 residents. In order to qualify, a family of four must have an income of $41,000 or less. One issue the HEAP program is seeing is that people who were serviced in the start of November are calling for fuel oil because it is running out and they don’t have the money to stay warm.

“What we’re also see is more folks with disconnects for electric use vs. the gas, which says it’s cold,” said Barbara West, CEO of Jefferson County Community Action Council.

Programs help families with utility bills


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