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Heat units repaired at no cost for residents

Those who qualify for LIHEAP fuel assistance qualify

LEWISBURG — With colder weather arriving, SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is offering a crisis program to residents who qualify for fuel assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The crisis program repairs a malfunctioning heating unit at no cost. This program runs from Nov. 1 to April 10.

Mandy Fox, chief of SEDA-COG’s weatherization program, said this is an important offering of which many people aren’t aware.

“Many people don’t know we offer a program that can resolve their heating emergency at no cost, if qualified. Our subcontractors respond to these heating emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing clients with one warm room until the issue is resolved,” Fox said.

For residents whose heat source is malfunctioning, they should call their county assistance office. The county assistance office will forward the completed referral to SEDA-COG to assign to a subcontractor.

SEDA-COG’s weatherization program serves a seven-county area: Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Perry, Snyder, and Union.

If residents don’t qualify for LIHEAP or crisis assistance, they may still qualify for SEDA-COG’s weatherization services. SEDA-COG’s weatherization services may provide furnace repair, although it is not immediate help, as it would be through crisis.

The crisis income guideline for eligibility for a family of one is $18,735; for a family of two, $25,365; for a family of three, $31,995; for a family of four, $38,625; for a famly of five, $45,255; for a family of six, $51,885; for a family of seven, $58,515; and for a family of eight, $65,145.

The county assistance office in Mifflin County can be reached at (717) 248-6746. The Juniata County office can be reached at (717) 436-2158.

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