C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc. accepting applications

From staff reports

WEIRTON — C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc. is accepting applications for both the Weatherization Assistance Program and the No Heat Emergency Program in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall counties in West Virginia.

The WAP provides free services that include insulation, duct testing, repair, and sealing, weather stripping, safety inspections of furnaces and water heaters and replacement or repair of installed heating systems to households up to 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. For a family of four, the household income cannot exceed $49,200.

The NHEP program aids households at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines in need of emergency heat, for example, the repair or replacement of malfunctioning or non-operable heating units.

The home’s primary heating system must have one of the following criteria to receive services:

¯ Have a nonoperable or severely malfunctioning and/or unsafe heating system potentially endangering the household’s health and/or well-being.

¯ Is using portable heating devices such as, but not limited to, electric and kerosene space heaters as a primary source of heat.

¯ Is using unvented gas/propane space heaters as a primary source of heat.

¯ Is using an unsafe fireplace or solid fuel.

¯ Have a fireplace or stove, but do not have access to, or the means to purchase solid fuel.

¯ Is using any type of gas fired cooking appliance as a heating source.

If the dwelling has been previously weatherized and the furnace has quit working after the warranty period, the home still is eligible for NHEP services, according to officials.

Applications for both programs are available at any of the C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. offices or through itsw website at www.changeinc.org.

For information, contact any of the C.H.A.N.G.E. offices, including Weirton at (304) 797-7733, Moundsville (304) 845-8269 and Newell (304) 459-4010.