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Having trouble paying heating bills? Help is available

York DIspatch staff
Edris Oil Service delivery driver Blaine Strausbaugh makes a delivery to a Springfield Township home Thursday. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is open now to help eligible York County residents pay their winter heating bills. Visit www.compass.state.pa.us for an application.

Some customers of Met-Ed, PPL and Columbia Gas in York County can receive assistance with their winter heating bills.

Assistance is offered through the Dollar Energy Fund, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Pennsylvania Customer Assistance Program.

General requirements to qualify for the LIHEAP program are a maximum income level of $17,820 for a single person and $36,450 for a family of four, according to the organization's website. Eligible customers can receive up to $1,000. For more details, go to www.benefits.gov/benefit/1536 or call 1-866-857-7095.

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Customers may receive up to $500 through the Dollar Energy Fund. Funding is provided by customers, employees and shareholders of FirstEnergy, Columbia Gas and more than 40 other utility companies. For more information, go to www.dollarenergy.org or call 1-888-282-6816.

The PCAP program helps customers maintain electric service and eliminate past-due balances. For more information, call 1-888-282-6816.