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Emergency heat program continues

January 18, 2014
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Community Action Council is continuing to assist residents with the Emergency Home Energy Assistant Program for eligible county residents.

According to CAC Operations Manager Eliza Kelley, the poverty guidelines are now at 175 percent of the poverty level. The poverty guidelines last year were at 200 percent.

"H.E.A.P. assists income eligible residents with their heating bills, whether it is natural gas, electric, propane, bulk fuel, coal or firewood. A disconnect notice is required for gas and electric. You must have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel or propane. Benefits for emergency assistance range up to a maximum of $175 for gas and electric and up to $750 for oil, kerosene, propane and bottled gas," explained Kelley.

"The CAC is also helping through the Columbia Gas Crisis Fund. The income guidelines are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Customers may receive up to $250 for a heating season. Customers who are disconnected or have a termination notice are eligible for the funds until depleted. Funds are distributed on a first-come first-served basis," continued Kelley.

Rules regarding the Percentage of Income Payment Plan may require a customer co-payment if certain conditions are not met, she said.

The CAC administrative offices are located at 114 N. Fourth St. and are open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Kelley said documentation required includes proof of income for all members of the household 18 years or older for the past 90 days, Social Security cards for all household members, birth certificates, utility bills with a disconnect notice and/or vendor information are necessary.

"Persons claiming zero income must provide written proof which may include a statement from any individual who is providing financial assistance to the applicant. A statement from the department of Job and Family Services is needed at the time the application is made. Applications will not be processed without necessary documentation. A maximum family income of four persons is $41,212.50," Kelley said.

STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Community Action Council is continuing to assist residents with the Emergency Home Energy Assistant Program for eligible county residents.

According to CAC Operations Manager Eliza Kelley, the poverty guidelines are now at 175 percent of the poverty level. The poverty guidelines last year were at 200 percent.

"H.E.A.P. assists income eligible residents with their heating bills, whether it is natural gas, electric, propane, bulk fuel, coal or firewood. A disconnect notice is required for gas and electric. You must have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel or propane. Benefits for emergency assistance range up to a maximum of $175 for gas and electric and up to $750 for oil, kerosene, propane and bottled gas," explained Kelley.

"The CAC is also helping through the Columbia Gas Crisis Fund. The income guidelines are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Customers may receive up to $250 for a heating season. Customers who are disconnected or have a termination notice are eligible for the funds until depleted. Funds are distributed on a first-come first-served basis," continued Kelley.

Rules regarding the Percentage of Income Payment Plan may require a customer co-payment if certain conditions are not met, she said.

The CAC administrative offices are located at 114 N. Fourth St. and are open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Kelley said documentation required includes proof of income for all members of the household 18 years or older for the past 90 days, Social Security cards for all household members, birth certificates, utility bills with a disconnect notice and/or vendor information are necessary.

"Persons claiming zero income must provide written proof which may include a statement from any individual who is providing financial assistance to the applicant. A statement from the department of Job and Family Services is needed at the time the application is made. Applications will not be processed without necessary documentation. A maximum family income of four persons is $41,212.50," Kelley said.

 
 

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