Help avail­able to off­set home heat­ing costs

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

NORTH SYD­NEY — As Nova Sco­tians set­tle in for an­other win­ter sea­son, Cape Bre­ton North MLA Ce­cil Clarke wants lo­cal res­i­dents to know help is avail­able when it comes to pay­ing for home heat­ing be­tween now and April.

The Sal­va­tion Army's Good Neigh­bour En­ergy pro­gram is be­ing of­fered once again this year, de­spite the chal­lenges of pro­vin­cial fund­ing cuts that saw the NDP gov­ern­ment elim­i­nate sup­port for the pro­gram en­tirely.

Clarke said un­der the pre­vi­ous Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars were put to­ward the fund each year, adding that the pro­gram has re­turned, thanks to con­tin­ued sup­port from cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity spon­sors.

He is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to see if they qual­ify.

“ We have al­ways con­sid­ered this a very valu­able pro­gram, as it is an op­por­tu­nity to al­le­vi­ate some of the stress on fam­i­lies strug­gling to cover the cost of their main home heat­ing source.”

About 1,400 Nova Sco­tia fam­i­lies re­ceived as­sis­tance from the Good Neigh­bour fund in 2009; now in its 13th year, Clarke said he hopes to see the pro­gram con­tinue.

For more in­for­ma­tion, Syd­ney-area res­i­dents can visit Ce­cil Clarke’s con­stituency of­fice at 176 Com­mer­cial St. in North Syd­ney, ( phone 794-4060; email mlaclarke@ ns. sym­pa­tico.ca); the lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army, ( 312 Com­mer­cial St.; phone 794-7900), or the Good Neigh­bour en­ergy ad­min­is­tra­tor at 902-422-3435.

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