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HEAP program to aid with winter weather

As the colder weather quickly approached us, Washington-Morgan Community Action would like to announce the beginning of the Winter Crisis Program/Emergency HEAP. The program began on Nov. 1, 2020 and will end on March 31, 2021. Appointments are required. Please call (740) 370-1328 to schedule your appointment and write down your confirmation number. Without the confirmation number, the appointment will not be scheduled. They can also schedule online at capappointments.com.

“As the pandemic continues into the winter, it is important that Ohioans are able to stay safe and warm in their homes,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “The Winter Crisis Program can ease the burdens of families. Ohioans who need help with their energy bills should visit energyhelp.ohio.gov to learn more about the program.”

The Winter Crisis Program assists low-income households that have been disconnected (or have a pending disconnection notice), need to establish new service, need to pay to transfer service, have 25% (or less) of bulk fuel supply remaining, or have a household member who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020 to help stay warm this winter. Household’s income cannot exceed the 175% poverty income guidelines. The yearly income for a household of one person cannot exceed $22,330.00; two in household; $30,170.00 three; $38,010.00 and a household of four; $45,850.00.

Households must bring the following required documents to their appointment:

Proof of U.S. citizenship for ALL household members.

Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members (includes everyone 18 years of age and older). 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., must provide most recent filed copy of IRS Form 1040 and Schedule 1, or most recent IRS Record of Account Transcript, or Non-filing letter. If providing a copy of taxes, must provide proof electronically filed and accepted. If using a non-filing letter, you must provide a completed copy of the self-employment and expense form.

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.

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