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Columbia Gas of Ohio advocates for federal funding to support customers

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Today, Columbia Gas of Ohio participated in the 2018 LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Action Day in Washington DC. Representatives of Columbia Gas of Ohio traveled to our nation’s capital to meet with congressional leaders and discuss the importance LIHEAP funding. In Ohio, more than 350,000 families rely on LIHEAP to keep their homes warm, cook their meals, and provide a decent quality of living.

Ohio LIHEAP representativesLIHEAP assists income eligible households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs. Every spring in conjunction with the congressional appropriations process, Columbia Gas of Ohio and other utilities gather to speak with their representatives on Capitol Hill about the value of LIHEAP funding and the impact it has on residents.

Approximately 6 million households are helped by LIHEAP in each heating season, but more than 35 million households are eligible for assistance, according to the National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition. Despite this need, LIHEAP funding has been reduced by 34% since 2010. The president’s fiscal year 2019 budget has proposed eliminating LIHEAP funding entirely.

LIHEAP recipients are a diverse group and include elderly retirees on fixed incomes, military veterans, single parents, the disabled and others struggling financially. In Ohio, LIHEAP assistance is still available for the 2017-18 winter heating season. Customers can apply through their local community action agency or get more information by calling Columba Gas of Ohio at 1-800-344-4077.