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Changes to the Home Energy Assistance Program in Response to COVID 19 Pandemic

Ellsworth – There are temporary changes made to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) that will make it easier for some people who have lost income due to the COVID19 pandemic to qualify for the program.  Recognizing that many people, who would normally be ineligible for the program due to household income levels, have experienced a sudden drop in income, Maine Housing has temporarily changed the calculation formula for certain individuals.  This change is currently in effect for one month only, through May 1, 2020.

HEAP is a program that can assist families and individuals with the cost of heating their home, and offers access to additional benefits such as assistance with the electric bill, including managing high arrearage accounts.  Also, HEAP eligibility can make the process of applying for benefits such as food stamps a smoother process. Downeast Community Partners is the local provider of this program, which comes through Maine Housing.

For more information about change, or to apply for assistance, call DCP at 664-2424 or at 610-5914.

Downeast Community Partners is a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation operating in Hancock and Washington counties. For more information about the services provided by DCP, please call us or check out the website, www.downeastcommunitypartners.org

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