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C.A.P.E. to begin offering heating assistance next week

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The program begins November 5th. The program begins November 5th.

As the weather gets colder, C.A.P.E. will be providing assistance to local families to pay their heating bills, and this year, the application process is a bit different.

In years past, C.A.P.E. has accepted walk-in applications, but not this year.

Beginning Monday, applicants will need to schedule an appointment to get help heating their homes.

"For heating costs, we call it our winter program," said Executive Director of C.A.P.E. Alice Weathers. "We are able to assist them with dollars on their utility bill."

The Community Action Program of Evansville has received it's first allocation from the state for about a half-million dollars.

Executive Director Alice Weathers says that's enough to help about 900 applicants for about 33 days.

"Right now, especially it's a challenge," she said. "Many of them have to make some decisions on whether they're going to heat, or eat. It sounds like a cliché but those are some decisions they have to make."

But as in years past, additional funding could be on the way to help families in Posey, Vanderburgh, and Gibson counties.

"Our budget last year was about $2 million," Weathers said. "We prob, we will get additional dollars but we don't know when and we don't know how much."

In order to qualify, a four-person household must have a total income of $34,575 or less.

A single occupant, less than $17,000.

"We know the money will last for only a limited time, but we also know or expect, that we'll receive additional dollars in the future."

To help those who really need it.

"It feels good. The downside is that there are so many people in need."

To get an appointment, applicants can put their name on a list beginning Monday.

There are application sites in each county, in Evansville, Mt. Vernon and Princeton.the program will then begin November 5th.

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