Salvation Army predicts April shut off for heating assistance

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SPRINGHILL – A string of cold snaps entering the New Year has the Salvation Army predicting their heating assistance fund will run dry early this year.

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The provincial program, Good Nieghbour, started this month and typically runs out every year but Salvation Army Chad Ingram says he has a feeling that will happen sooner than later this year.

“I’m predicting March when in the past it’s been April,” Ingram said.

The $200,000 fund is topped-up annually by Nova Scotia Power and the provincial government and administered by the Salvation Army in Halifax. Applicants can qualify for $400 in heating assistance and for many it’s a welcome opportunity.

“Already a number from Cumberland County have applied,” Ingram said. “November and December we had a lot of applicants calling and anything that came from us would have ben the minimum delivery amount. The Good Neighbour program offers more but it didn’t kick in until January, so we were encouraging people if there was any way they could wait until January it would be worth it because they can get more, but it’s hard. Especially when you’re asking someone with no heat if they can wait. We’ve had people who were on the bubble and sometimes you can’t say no. No one gets left behind.”

Ingram said the province-wide program is greatly appreciated, allowing local Salvation Army churches to redirect their local finds to the many other assistance programs they offer.

Anyone interested in applying to the Good Neighbour program can contact their local Salvation Army thrift store for more information.

Email: christopher.gooding@tc.tc

Twitter: ADNchris

Organizations: Salvation Army, Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Halifax, Cumberland County

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