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Program combats rising heating costs

November 4, 2011

WEST WARWICK- In today’s struggling economy, one woman makes an effort to raise awareness of the programs available to help people stay warm throughout these upcoming winter months.

After suffering multiple injuries in a car crash two years ago, making it impossible for her to work full-time, West Warwick resident Anna M. Golderese reached out to Westbay Community Action, one of the many programs around Rhode Island, designed to assist economically disadvantaged residents in Kent County.

In a grateful letter to Congressman Jim Langevin earlier this month, Golderese explained that she applied to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) and was then contacted by Westbay Community Action, located at 224 Buttonwoods Ave, Warwick.Westbay notified her of her eligibility to participate in The Weatherization Assistance Program for no cost. According to the agency’s website, LiHEAP runs from October thru April and eligibility is based on household size and income.

The program, which has a yearly reapplication policy, caters to low income families, the elderly and the disabled by helping them make their home more energy efficient.

Golderese explained that the program is not only available for people with houses, but people that rent apartments can qualify with permission of the landlord.

For more information pick up a copy of the Coventry Courier

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