Emergency HEAP available through March

Staff Report

January 19, 2014

CHESHIRE —“The weather is very cold and we can still assist our eligible customers,” is the the word from Sandra Edwards, emergency services director, of the Gallia Meigs C.A.A.’s Emergency HEAP Program which will continue heating assistance through March 31.

The Community Action Agency continues making for every Friday, except on holidays, starting at 8 a.m. Residents can call the Cheshire Office at 367-7341 or 992-6629 or walk-in to book an appointment. “However, an appointment may not extend a scheduled utility shut-off, she advised.

Emergency HEAP provides assistance to households that have had utilities disconnected, face the threat of disconnection or have 10 days or less supply of bulk fuel. The program allows a one-time payment of up to $175 per heating season to restore or retain home heating services for AEP and Columbia Gas and up to $450 for BREC and Knox Energy. For propane and fuel oil clients, the payment may cover up to 200 gallons for propane/bottled gas or fuel oil, not to exceed $750. Clients heating with wood or coal will be assisted up to $350 also. Homeowners or renters may qualify if their total household income is at or below 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

The income guidelines for both Regular and Emergency HEAP programs are the same. However, Regular HEAP requires the previous 12 months income while the past three months income is acceptable for Emergency HEAP. 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.

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 $20,108, 2 persons $27,143, 3 persons $34,178, 4 persons $41,213, 5 persons $48,248, and 6 persons $55,283, 7 persons $62,318, 8 persons $69,353. Households with more than eight members should add an additional $7,035 per member to the yearly income.

Both Emergency HEAP and Regular HEAP applications can be completed at all three (3) offices; Gallia C.A.A. Office, 859 3rd Avenue, Gallipolis, Central Office, 8010 N. SR 7, Cheshire or the Meigs C.A.A. Office at 369 Powell Street, Middleport. Applications will be taken by appointment from 8:30 to 10: