Pickaway County Sees Increase In Heating Needs

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Pickaway County officials said on Thursday that they have seen an increase in requests for assistance to heat homes this winter.

According to officials from the Pickaway County Community Action Organization, the Home Energy Assistance Program helped more than 1,500 people pay their high energy bills during cold winter months last year, 10TV’s Jessa Goddard reported.

David Hannahs, director of the Pickaway County Community Action Organization, said that he thinks the rise in calls is due to an increase in fueling costs.

"I think her number in there is 120 calls a day, and that's a bunch,” Hannahs said. “And we haven't seen that before this year.”

Clara Barnhart said that she had received assistance from Pickaway County’s HEAP program for the past three years.

She said that she did not think she would have been able to heat her home without the help.

"It would be hard, because when you're on disability, you fight to pay your bills because they're so high,” Barnhart said. “There’re no jobs around here for people, and it’s really bad, and that’s where HEAP comes in and helps people.”

Hannahs said that he expects calls to increase this winter.

“I think we’ll have another pretty large bubble somewhere this month or early next month,” Hannahs said.

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