Tuesday, January 30, 2001

County falls behind in race for heat aid

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Special Report
In Sunday Enquirer
        Getting help to poor people with high heating bills has become a race — and Hamilton County is a step behind.

        County officials are scrambling to create a plan for how to deal with the 80,000 people who will qualify for help with their heating bills under a program announced last week by Ohio Gov. Bob Taft.

        The program, called “Project THAW,” is meant to offer one-time help to the poor by paying half of an unpaid heating bill, up to $250.

Have questions about the high cost of keeping warm? Questions about ways to conserve energy and save money? Send them to us. We'll ask the experts and report the answers.
        County officials met Monday trying to hammer out an agreement with Cinergy on how to administer the program. Late Monday there was still no decision on where people will go to pick up applications.

        Timing is important because the $45 million in state aid will be handed out to counties first-come, first-served.

        “That money probably won't be enough to go around, so we're rushing as fast as we can,” said Mindy Good, spokeswoman for the Hamilton County Department of Human Services. “We're already working on the application.”

        Butler County already has mailed hundreds of applications to interested residents there.

        Anyone whose income is within 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline — $34,100 for a family of four; $22,500 for a couple and $16,700 for a single person — is eligible.


Woman rescued after car plunged into lake
Taft unveils austere budget
Ohio's slowing economy reflected in budget
Families to get morgue case update
Missing Northside teen found murdered
Fire destroys Georgetown history
Georgetown's aim: to rise again
PULFER: Findlay Market offers food for thought
City might hand off trials to county
- County falls behind in race for heat aid
Local church agencies welcome federal funds
Schools improve rankings
CPS proposes plan for gifted students
Kids' camps show off what they can offer
Local Digest
Main Street work delayed until 2002
Mother on trial in AIDS case
Union Institute's call was answered
$1M fire hits marina
Bush cabinet now has Ky. connection
Fired police chief to get uniform
Kenton attorney carries on challenge
Kentucky Digest
Newport rejects hotel expansion
Prosecutor taken off Craven murder trial
Transplant provides hope for NKU student
Campaign touts daylight time for Indiana
Ky. lauded for government planning
Murder, arson trial starts
Nitrogen killed 4 at nursing home
Parents want kids to go to W. Clermont schools
Pastor, wife, son die in fire
Trailer fire kills 2 girls, 2 women