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Program helps families stay cool in the summer

Jul. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Eligible households can receive up to $175 to buy an air conditioner or fan or help pay electric bills that go up when the temperatures rise, according to a news release.

The program, which runs July 1 through Aug. 31, is administered through the Ironton Lawrence County Community Action Organization and the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Last year, more than 1,551 families in Lawrence County received the assistance from the Home Energy Assistance Program. For a family of four to qualify, the annual income must be at or below $41,212.

"For older Ohioans and those with breathing conditions, the heat can take its toll," said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

For more information about the program contact the local agency at 740-532-3140 or 800-282-0880 or online at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.