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Heating assistance offered for low-income Fort Wayne residents

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 7:34 am

Low-income Fort Wayne residents may qualify for loans up to $5,000 to help with winter heating expenses, Mayor Tom Henry said.

The city's Winter Heating Program provides five-year loans up to $5,000 at low interest rates for households at 80 percent or less of the area median income – about $51,050 for a family of four – to help repair failing furnaces or water heaters.

“We all know Indiana winters can be bitter,” Henry said in a statement. “Heat is not a luxury, it's a necessity, and we want to help local residents stay warm and safe in their homes throughout the colder months.”

The city will accept applications for the program through Feb. 15. For more information, residents can call 427-8585 or the city's 311 line or visit cityoffortwayne.org/repairs.

The program is funded through entitlement money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.