Low income can get help paying for heating this winter

More than $1.9 million is available to Northeast Tennesseans who need help staying warm this winter.
   The money, federal funds administered by the state through the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, will be paid in one-time payments this winter -- directly to each recipient's fuel provider.
   Applications for the assistance will be available through August 15. Applications must be postmarked no later than August 18 to be eligible for assistance.
   According to Roger Smith, director of UETHDA's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, how much an applicant receives is based on their heating costs compared to their income. Assistance ranges from $100 to $250 per applicant.
   The program serves between 8,000 and 9,000 households in the eight-county area, of which about 73 percent are elderly or handicapped.
   Proof of income and proof of the applicant's fuel/energy costs must accompany applications.
   Applications are available through August 15 at nine neighborhood service centers throughout Northeast Tennessee.
   In Elizabethton, applications are available at the Carter County Neighborhood Service Center, 204 Rogosin Drive, Hermitage Medical Suite 4, P.O. Box 1784, Elizabethton, TN 37621, or telephone 542-5121.