Cold weather has folks lining up for heating assistance -- in Ohio

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Demand for home heating assistance is up about 25 percent in Ohio this winter.

At the Stark County Community Action Agency in Canton, a line forms hours before dawn to apply for assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program.

A similar scenario is playing out around the state. The Development Department says that as of today, there were more than 184,000 applications filed in Ohio, compared with just under 148,000 a year ago.

Officials say the federal government recently granted Ohio about $145 million in additional home energy assistance funding, and local offices should start receiving the money this week.

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