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April 9, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sherry Locke, Development and Communications Manager
(207) 554-4130
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Changes to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) in Response to COVID 19 Pandemic


PRESQUE ISLE –In an effort to support households throughout Maine, temporary changes have been made to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). This temporary change will allow many who have lost their income due to Covid-19 to be eligible for this 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 their calculation formula to provide assistance to these individuals. This change is currently in effect through May 1, 2020.

HEAP is a federal program administered by Maine Housing and Aroostook County Action Program in Aroostook County. This program assists individuals and families with the cost of heating their home. ACAP is encouraging anyone with job loss related to Covid-19 to contact their office at 764-3721 as soon as possible to see if you are eligible for the program during this temporary window. “We are eager to serve those affected by Covid-19 in our community and are very fortunate to have the support from Maine Housing to make that happen. We would encourage those in need of fuel assistance affected by the Covid-19 virus to contact us. We have a short window, but are committed to serving our community.” said Erin Benson, Program Coordinator at ACAP.

For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact the ACAP office at 207-764-3721. As the window for these expanded services is temporary, we are asking that all clients who are now applying for HEAP due to loss of income directly related to Covid-19 to identify that when they call.

 

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Aroostook County Action Program provides the people of Aroostook County with services and resources that help individuals and families achieve greater economic independence. As a leader, or in partnership with others, ACAP provides guidance to the community in responding to emerging human needs in the areas of community health, early care and education, energy and housing, and workforce development services.