The 2013-2014 HEAP Winter Crisis Program, provided in Harrison, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties by HARCATUS Family Support, has assisted more than 1,000 households with approximately $600,000 in emergency home heating assistance benefits since the program opened on Nov. 1, 2013. The agency is well on its way toward spending more than $1 million on ensuring that those that are approved for a benefit, paid directly to their utility company, stay warm this winter.

Eligible households must have been either shut off, received a disconnect notice on their gas and/or electric bills, or heat with fuel oil, propane, coal or wood and have less than a 10-day supply or their fuel tank has less than 25 percent capacity.

Qualifying household gross income must be at or below 175 percent of The Federal Poverty Guidelines which begins with a previous 12-month maximum of $20,107 for a one-person household. Add $7,035 for each additional household member.

The HEAP Winter Crisis program ends March 31 and assistance may be provided only once per household during the winter heating season. To schedule an appointment with the HARCATUS Family Support Center Office, call 1-855-806-9650.