Community Action Summer Crisis program available

Need help staying cool during the hot summer months?

If so, check out the Washington-Morgan Counties Community Action Summer Crisis Program. The Summer Crisis Program (SCP) began on July 1 and ends Aug. 31. Appointments are required; call 1-833-359-2803 or visit capappointments.com. SCP requires face-to-face interviews at 218 Putnam Street, Marietta, and in Morgan County at 50 Third St., Malta. The offices are open Monday through Friday with the first appointment beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the last appointment of the day at 3:30 p.m.

The primary purpose of this program is to give elderly and medically qualified households one-time assistance with their electric bill and/or air conditioner for the summer months. To be income eligible, the household income cannot exceed the 175% poverty income guidelines. For a household with one income, guidelines cannot exceed yearly income of $21,857.50; two members, $29,592.50; three members, $37,327.50; four members, $45,062.50. Households with more than four members should add $7,735 to the yearly income for each additional member.

An income eligible household with a member who is sixty (60) years of age or older is eligible to receive a one- time payment and/or air conditioner on their current unpaid regulated utility electric bill with the benefit to not exceed $300 OR a one-time payment and/or air conditioner on their current unregulated utility electric bill with the benefit not to exceed $500. If the unregulated utility bill is over the allotted $500 you will be required to make a co-payment before we can help with electric assistance.

An income eligible household with a member who is fifty-nine (59) years of age and younger, and has a chronic medical condition verified by a licensed physician, registered nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant and documented on a required state form that can be picked up in the WMCAP offices or faxed to physician’s offices.

Documentation written on doctor office letterhead, stamped or prescription pad, is acceptable. Those qualified can receive a one-time payment on their current unpaid regulated utility electric bill and/or air conditioner with the benefit not to exceed $300 OR a one-time payment on their current unregulated utility electric bill and/or air conditioner with the benefit not to exceed $500. If the unregulated utility bill is over the allotted $500 you will be required to make a co-payment before we can help with electric assistance.

Continuing this program year: those who are currently or have been on PIPP do not qualify for assistance on their electric bills, however, if you are CURRENT on your PIPP you may be eligible to receive an air conditioner (if available).

Providing you have not received an air conditioner benefit within the last *three (3) program years. *Those who are eligible 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, etc. Please be advised we will have a limited supply of air conditioners.

Households must bring the following documents to the required face-to face interview:

¯ Income documentation for all household’s members 18 years of age or older for the past 30 days and/or 12 months (examples: wages, unemployment, pension, social security, utility allowance, TANF/OWF, etc.).

¯ For self-employment/odd jobs/babysitting etc. you will be required to submit a self-employment income form for the past 12 months, and an IRS Wage & Income Transcript, or IRS Record of Account Transcript, or all of IRS 1040.

¯ 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.

¯ Claiming zero income, you will be required to complete a self-declaration of income worksheet and WMCAP reserves the right to request a most recent IRS tax transcript and/or non-filing statement.

¯ Social Security cards or birth certificates for all household members regardless of age.

¯ Copies of both bills for the main heating and electric utility source

¯ Proof of disability for any household member (if disabled).

¯ Documentation of Medical eligibility form signed by licensed physician, registered nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant (age 59 and younger).

¯ Documentation of current Privacy Notice (available at the WMCAP offices).

¯ Documentation of co-payment if required.

For more information on the Summer Crisis Program in Washington County, call 740-373-3745 and in Morgan County, call 740-962-3827.

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