WSOS helped to heat 437 houses

Around the WSOS four-county service area, 437 households were approved to receive assistance to pay their heating bills in December through the Winter Crisis Program, formerly called Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program.

The income limit this year to receive assistance through this program is 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

The program provides one-time assistance to income-eligible residents to help them maintain their heating source by paying some of their heating bills. These households receive up to $175 one time to pay regulated utilities, $350 for wood, $450 for non-regulated utility companies and up to $750 for those who use propane and have less than 25 percent left in the tank.

Residents who have shut-off notices may receive assistance with heating bills through the Winter Crisis Program, while assistance for those who do not have notices is available through the regular Home Energy Assistance Program.

WSOS also is to assist with re-verifying PIPP plus customers. These customers must re-verify their status with the heating source each year. About 558 PIPP customers were re-verified in December.

Appointments are required to apply for assistance through the winter crisis program. To make an appointment, call (888)-441-4327.