HEAP applications being accepted

LISBON – Community Action Agency of Columbiana County will continue taking applications for Emergency HEAP, Winter Crisis Program, through March 31 at the Lisbon office at 7860 Lincole Place (rear).

The Winter Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households that have had utilities disconnected, face a utility shut-off, or heat with bulk fuel and have a tank that is 25 percent or less of its capacity.

Appointments can only be made by calling the new, automated scheduling system at 330-424-1386.

Homebound and disabled seniors, 62 years and older, may call 330- 424-4013 for appointment assistance.

Assistance is provided to eligible households once during the 2012-13 season. Household income eligibility is based on the previous 90 days or 12 months gross income (before taxes) at 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

The maximum allowable income for a family of three cannot be greater than $9,545 for the last 90 days or $38,180 for the last 12 months.

Health insurance premiums and child support paid can be deducted from the total gross income with proper documentation.

Based on the number of available staff, CAA will accept walk-in applicants daily on a first come, first serve basis starting at 8 a.m. Numbers will not be distributed before 6 a.m., therefore, clients will not be allowed on the premises prior to this time. There will be no trespassing from 8:30 p.m. through 6 a.m.

Any household with a member who is classified as permanently and totally disabled must provide proof at the time of the interview.

All applicants must provide proof of gross, household income for the previous 90 days or 12 months, Social Security numbers, and birth dates for all members of the household. Current electric and gas bills are required for all households.

Clients who heat with bulk fuel must know who the household has used in previous years and what kind of fuel the household uses (i.e. propane, fuel oil #2, etc.). Those applying for assistance with a metered utility (the bill must be in an adult household member’s name) will need to bring the current disconnection notice or a statement from the utility company for a deposit or reinstatement of service.

Anyone applying for metered utility assistance be in disconnection status, and will be required to enroll in a payment plan in order to clear the outstanding balance.

Applications for State HEAP can be completed through May 31 and are available at post offices, libraries, and utility companies throughout the county. For more information about State HEAP call 800-282-0880.