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City's winter heating program now open

Mayor Tom Henry and the City of Fort Wayne are working to help local residents stay warm this winter by offering the Winter Heating Program for low-income residents.
 
“We all know Indiana winters can be bitter,” Mayor Henry said. “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 Winter Heating Program provides low-interest, five-year loans up to $5,000 to replace or repair failing furnaces or water heaters. Monthly loan payments will range from $25 to $90 per month for residents at 80 percent or below of the Area Median Income ($51,050 for a family of four).
 
To find out more about the program and determine if they are eligible, residents should call 427-8585 or 3-1-1. Information is also available online at www.cityoffortwayne.org/repairs. Free language assistance is available by calling (servicios de interpretatiόn y traducciόn están disponibles sin costo) 427-1442.
 
Completed applications are being accepted now through Feb. 15, 2013. This program is made possible by entitlement funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).