CEO reaches out to Rhode Islanders who may lose heating assistance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The CEO of the Tri-Country Community Action Agency is taking personal action to try to help Rhode Islanders that don’t have heat.

If your heating assistance was delayed, Joesph DeSantis says to call him: 401-226-7211.

“I don’t want to see anybody going without heat,” said DeSantis. The CEO has been waiting for $1.3 million in federal funding from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“Fortunately for us, we do have a reserve funding that I can tap in emergency circumstances, and this is one of them. So if I need to do it, I will,” the CEO said.

A spokesperson for the state told Target 12 on Wednesday that funds from the federal government were sent on time to five out of the six local community agencies, but delayed for the sixth.

The delay was caused by a merger of the Tri-Town Community Action Agency and South County Community Action Agency, according to the state.

“We have about 60 to 70 grants that the state, through purchasing has to integrate into our new entity, so the fuel assistance program, home heating assistance program is one of those programs that I think the state did a real good job in we’re one day short of having the revenues to accommodate all of our people that are in need,” stated DeSantis.