Appointments for Winter Crisis Program are now being taken

As the colder weather is quickly approaching us, Washington-Morgan Community Action announces the beginning of the Winter Crisis Program/Emergency HEAP. The program began on Nov. 1 and will end on March 31.

*NEW – Appointments are now required. Call 1-833-359-2803 to schedule your appointment. You must listen to the entire message and write down your confirmation number. Without the confirmation number your appointment will not be scheduled.

The primary purpose of the WCP/Emergency HEAP program is to provide energy assistance to income-eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have already had service disconnected; need to establish new service, or pay to transfer service; or in the case of bulk fuel customers, only have 25 percent or less of the tank’s fuel capacity at hand. Household’s income cannot exceed the 175% poverty income guidelines. The yearly income for a household of one person cannot exceed $21,245.00; two in household; $28,805.00 three; $36,365.00 and a household of four; $43,925.00.

Households must bring the following required documents to their appointment:

¯ Proof of U.S. citizenship for ALL household members. Acceptable documentation: Social Security Card, Birth certificate/Hospital records, Baptismal records (only when place and date of birth is shown), Indian census record, Military Service Records or DD-214, U.S. Passport, Verified Citizenship for OWF Program, Voter Registration Card, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, and INS ID Card.

¯ Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members (includes everyone 18 years of age and older) (examples: wages, social security, pension, worker’s compensation, utility allowance, TANF/OWF, and unemployment). If claiming zero-income and being supported by a non-household member you will be required to provide a written statement from them which states how they are supporting you. Written statement must include the date, non-household member’s name, address, phone number, amount they provide, frequency of assistance, and signature.

¯ Self-employment/odd jobs/babysitting etc. you will be required to submit a self-employment income form for the past 12 months, and all of last year’s Form 1040. If you did not file a Form 1040 with the IRS, you must provide an IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter.

¯ Seasonal employment includes construction workers/teachers/landscapers, etc. – must have pay stubs indicating amount received with the previous 12 months from the date of the application.

¯ Social Security numbers and birth dates for all household members regardless of age.

¯ Most recent gas and electric bills. If it is new service, you will need the pending account numbers.

¯ Documentation of co-payment if required.

¯ Proof of disability (if applicable).

For more information on the Winter Crisis Program/Emergency HEAP in Washington County call:740-373-3745 and in Morgan County call: 740-962-3827.