Rowan Helping Ministries receives money to help families with heating and cooling

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:27 a.m.

Rowan Helping Ministries receives more than $800,000 from federally-funded assistance programs, which benefits families with heating and cooling emergencies.

The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) provides assistance to eligible households during the summer and winter months. The assistance reduces the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, or fire and reduces the possibility of eviction.

The agency received $873,000 this year.

“We feel very blessed to be able to help clients and have this money to be able to help. It targets people with health related issues,” said Executive Director Kyna Foster.

Last year Rowan Helping Ministries was allocated $1 million, but used $740,000. If the agency does not use all of the money, it is returned to the program.

Foster said since last year was such a mild winter, the agency didn’t need all of the funds. In 2011, the agency was able to distribute $670,000, Foster said.

Benefits may vary based upon the amount needed to alleviate the crisis. An eligible household may receive assistance more than one time during the state fiscal year, which is July through June.

The maximum allowed benefit amount can be up to $600 per application, per crisis situation; however, benefits cannot exceed $600 per state fiscal year.

All payments are made directly to the utility or fuel provider.

A household that applies must:

• Have at least one person or a non-citizen who meets eligibility criteria

• Must meet income eligibility guidelines

• Be in a heating or cooling related emergency

Emergency assistance is important to all that receive it, but more so if someone in your home may be at risk for a life threatening illness or death if their home is too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer.

Candidates need:

• Photo ID for members in household 18 years or older

• Social Security cards for all in the household

• Income for all household members receiving income

• Copy of bill or statement

Rowan Helping Ministries is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, which operates human service programs to assist the economically disadvantaged.

Rowan Helping Ministries is located at 226 North Long Street, Salisbury. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information contact Rowan Helping Ministries at 704-637-6838 or visit the website at

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