AEP Housing Grant - June 8, 2011


United Way of Sandusky County Receives $3,059.00 to Help Area Residents

AEP Ohio Donates $500,000 to United Way Agencies to Help with Health and Housing Needs in Area

Fremont - Nearly 50 United Way agencies around Ohio will be able to help more families in need this spring, thanks to donations by AEP Ohio totaling $500,000. The donations are part of the company's overall focus on issues around hunger, health and housing through its Partnership with Ohio (PWO) program. A list of the United Way organizations is appended.

United Way of Sandusky County received $3,059.00 to support housing assistance.

"Our staff has identified an obvious need for housing in the community," United Way of Sandusky County's Executive Director Abby Slemmer stated.  "We understand the current economy and job loss has left many in need and we want to help fill the gap where possible."

AEP Ohio's PWO program is a three-year, $15 million commitment by the company to help agencies throughout Ohio address issues around hunger, health and housing affecting Ohio residents. Last year, AEP Ohio committed $ 1,000,000 to United Way agencies and area food banks, as well as contributed $2.3 million to assist families in need of assistance to pay their electric bills through the AEP Ohio Neighbor-to Neighbor program, a part of the PWO initiative, which began at the end of 2008.

"Many Ohio families continue to struggle during these challenging times,  AEP Ohio established the Partnership with Ohio program to provide meaningful assistance to families in need," said Joe Hamrock, president and chief operating officer for AEP Ohio.   "Continuing to partner with outstanding community resources like the United Way agencies ensures that our contribution will be effective, and will be quickly used to provide assistance for thousands of families throughout the region."

Sandusky County residents interested in learning about qualification requirements should contact the United Way of Sandusky County directly at 419-334-8938.

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Columbus Southern Power Company and Ohio Power Company in Ohio, and Wheeling Power Company in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP's transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP's headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.