Help for people struggling to pay their heating bills

Some people are not aware that there is a local program to help people who may struggle to pay their heating bills.

Sandra Wright is director of the Home Energy Assistant Target (or HEAT) program which is administered by the Bear River Association of Governments.

Wright says it may seem like a long, cold winter but this has probably been an average year with more than 1200 applications during the months of November, December and January.

“The average HEAT payment is around $300-$350,” Wright explains. “The maximum would be $530. That is a one-time payment we send directly to the gas company. If you have low heat bills, that money is on your account until you use it up.

“It just stays a credit on your account. If you have high heat bills it will be used up quicker. If your heat bills are lower it will last a little longer.”

Wright says the program was initiated to help low income, elderly, and/or disabled people or families. <a href=”http://brag.utah.gov/test-1/heat-utility-assistance-program/” target=”_blank”>For more information</a>, call one of the following numbers: in Box Elder County (435) 723-1116, in Cache County (435) 713-1444, or in Rich County 1 (877) 772-7242.

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