EMERGENCY HEAP BEGINS NOVEMBER 2nd
Although the weather is turning cold and we would truly like to assist our customers, Gallia Meigs C.A.A.’s Emergency HEAP Program won’t begin until November 2, 2015 and will continue through March 31, 2016, explained Sandra Edwards, Emergency Services Director. We will begin taking calls for appointments on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8 a.m. (You may call the Cheshire Office at 367-7341 or walk-in to book an appointment, BUT NOT UNTIL OCTOBER 30th) “However, an appointment MAY NOT extend a scheduled utility shut-off, stated Ms. Edwards.
Emergency HEAP provides assistance to households that have had utilities disconnected, face the threat of disconnection, or have 25% or less supply of bulk fuel, or less than 10 day supply of wood or coal. The program allows a one-time payment per heating season to restore or retain home heating. The potential dollar amount will be up to $175 for regulated utilities, up to $550 for un- regulated utilities, up to $450 for wood, coal or pellets and up to 200 gallons for propane, bottled gas, or propane, and up to 8 cylinders of propane, depending of the cost.
The income guidelines for Regular HEAP and Emergency HEAP are the same. However, Regular HEAP requires the previous 12 months income while the past three months income is acceptable for Emergency HEAP. The 12-month period or three-month period for the test is determined from date of application making it possible for some with decreased income during these periods to qualify later in the program. Examples of these type situations could occur from layoff, strike, retirement, disability or death of a spouse or household member. Documentation verifying ALL household income must be provided when applying for HEAP. Also a copy of the applicant’s recent electric bill is required. It is also required that you provide a birth certificate for the primary applicant, social security cards for ALL household members and proof of Student ID or Report Card if over 18 and living in your household. You will also be asked for proof of home ownership or proof of landlord, including address and phone number. If the client has custody of the children in the home, we will need the custody papers also.
The following income levels by household size should be used to determine eligibility. These income guidelines represent the 175% calculation and are revised annually. Allowable annual income for a 1 person household is $20,597.50, 2 persons $27,877.50, 3 persons $35,157.50, 4 persons $42,437.50, 5 persons $49,717.50, and 6 persons $56,997.50, 7 persons $64,277.50, 8 persons $71,557.50. Households with more than eight members should add an additional $7,280 per member to the yearly income.
Both Emergency HEAP and Regular HEAP applications can be completed at both (2) offices; Central Office, Gallia County at 8010 N. SR 7, Cheshire or the Meigs County Office at 369 Powell Street, Middleport. Applications will be taken by appointment from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. However, we cannot assist with the Emergency HEAP application process until November 2, 20154.
The Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If a client is eligible for assistance, the amount of their one-time HEAP benefit depends on federal funding levels, how many people live in the household, total household income, and the primary fuel you use to heat your home. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied to the consumer's energy bill by your utility company (or fuel vendor).
Under PIPP Plus, if a consumer heats with gas, they will pay 6 percent of their monthly household income to their gas company and 6 percent to their electric company. If the consumer heats with electricity, they pay 10 percent of their monthly household income. Gallia Meigs Community Action or the utility company will inform the consumer of their PIPP Plus installment. Once a consumer is enrolled in the program, they must pay the amount of the installment every month in full and on time. To be eligible for the PIPP Plus program, a consumer must receive their heat source from a company regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), must have a total household income which is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, and must apply for all energy assistance programs for which he or she is eligible.
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