Province investing in fund that helps residents heat homes in emergencies

A provincial fund that offers financial assistance to Nova Scotians most in need of help to heat their homes in emergencies will continue this winter.

The Nova Scotia government says it's contributing up to $800,000 to the Good Neighbour Energy Fund this year, while Nova Scotia Power is providing $150,000.

The fund, which is administered by the Salvation Army, helped more than 1,600 citizens and families last year.

Applicants must fall below certain income levels and must not have received assistance from the program for two years.

You can find out more about the program, or apply for it, online.

In addition, the province says Nova Scotians may also be eligible for the Heating Assistance Rebate Program to help with up to $200 toward home heating costs.

Applications for the HARP are also available online.