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Preble County assistance programs

Help with heating bills - Winter Crisis Program (Emergency HEAP)

The Community Action Partnership that serves Eaton and Dayton now has in place a program that provides people grants to pay heating bills. It is part of the federal government funded energy assistance program (LIHEAP). This assistance program was created and designed in order to help income-eligible households during the winter by ensuring they do not have their heating or utility service disconnected.

Emergency crisis grants are provided to people in need, and households that are facing an imminent utility disconnection may receive emergency assistance on their electric, heating and/or gas bill up to $175. In addition, the program can also provide funds that can be used to purchase bulk fuel up to $600, and up to $350 for the purchase of wood/coal or pellets for those households with a 10-day supply of heating fuel or less.  Keep in mind that the emergency assistance is available only once per heating season, so use the grants wisely.

More people will be assisted this year as the income eligibility has now increased to 200 percent of the Poverty Income Guidelines that are put in place by the government. The income limits are a condition of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Winter Crisis Program.

To apply, for additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Preble Community Action Partnership. Stop by 111 W. Somers St., Eaton or call at (937) 456-2800.

In addition, find how to get free heating oil from the Oil Heat Program.





Transportation Assistance

Job Access & Reverse Commute, or JARC, is a another grant funded program that is operated by Preble County Community Action Partnership. The contact info is above. The program provides transportation to lower and moderate income individuals. The aid is to be used to help these people get to and from employment, for job training, and other employment related services, such as interviews.

Ohio Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)

Yet another resource offered is the Community Action Partnership. The agency will gladly help enroll eligible households and families into the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP). This plan can help them manage their heating and utility bills and ensure they maintain their energy services. Through the PIPP plan, customers are placed on a monthly, recurring payment plan with their utility company according to their household income and other resources. Contact Community Action Partnership at (937) 456-2800, or the address above, to learn more or apply for aid.




By Jon McNamara














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