CHESHIRE — Assistance with payment of heating bills for eligible customers in the area served by the Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency’s HEAP program which began on Nov. 1 and continues through March 31 is still available.
That’s the word from Sandra Edwards, Emergency Services Director for the Gallia-Meigs Emergency Action Agency.
“We make appointments every Friday, except holidays, starting at 8 a.m. You may call the Cheshire Office at 740-367-7341 or 740-992-6629 or walk-in to book an appointment,”said Edwards who went on to advise that an appointment may not extend a scheduled utility shut-off.
She explained that 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. As for the amount of assistance, she said 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, she said the payment may cover up to 200 gallons for propane/bottled gas or fuel oil, not to exceed $750; for clients heating with wood or coal assistance is up to $350. Homeowners or renters may qualify if their total household income is at or below 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines.
Edwards noted that the income guidelines for both regular and emergency HEAP programs are the same. However, she said, regular HEAP requires a report on 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 applicants 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 the household. You will also be asked for proof of home ownership or proof of landlord, including address and phone number, will also be asked for, she said.
Edwards listed the following income levels by household size used to determine eligibility. These income guidelines represent the 175 percent calculation and are revised annually. Allowable annual income for a one person household is $20,108; two persons $27,143; three persons $34,178; four persons $41,213; five persons $48,248; and six persons $55,283; seven persons $62,318; and eight 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 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 10:45 a.m. and from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Edwards concluded.