Funds available for heating bills
By LISA GRAYBEAL
Staff Writer, Chambersburg
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - When some Franklin County residents have to make the choice between eating or heating this winter, officials at the local energy assistance program want to know about it.
Heating assistance is available to low-income families in the county through the state-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
"The intent is to help people with the high cost of heating, not to pay it for them," said Jane Chontos, energy coordinator at the Franklin County office.
The money from the state is paid directly to the heat supplier and credited to the approved households, Chontos said.
Last year, 1,009 Franklin County families received $216,600 in aid, Chontos said.
Of those, many were senior citizens, disabled residents and young families on fixed incomes who were just getting by, Chontos said.