Providence Diocese Increases Heating Assistance

In response to a sharp increase in appeals for heating assistance, the Catholic Diocese of Providence announced Monday that it's donated another $25,000 for heating assistance.

In addition to processing online donations from those who wish to help the less fortunate this winter, ‘Keep the Heat On' is now accepting applications.

So, the Diocese says, ‘Keep the Heat On' has provided $75,000 in heating assistance this winter to more than 600 homes.

Many of those people saw their federal assistance delayed or cut. 

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said the campaign has been challenged this year due to the high cost of home heating oil.

“The Church and those who benefit from her charitable works are most grateful for the donations made in support of ‘Keep the Heat On,'” said Bishop Tobin.  “The diocese is pleased to address a significant need with an additional $25,000 from the Catholic Charity Appeal to help those with no place left to turn for heating assistance.  With the addition of online applications for heating assistance, the Diocese is streamlining the application process to help Rhode Island families stay warm this winter.”

Those who would like to make a donation to ‘Keep the Heat On' to help their neighbors in the greatest of need may send a check made payable to ‘Keep the Heat On' to 184 Broad Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, or visit www.heatri.com and use the secure web server for credit card donations.

To apply for assistance through ‘Keep the Heat On', applicants may call 401/421-7833 x.107 or log onto www.heatri.com to complete an online application.

‘Keep the Heat On' applicants must demonstrate ineligibility for other federal, state and private assistance.