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Utility assistance continues through September

The Ohio Development Services Agency and Washington-Morgan Counties Community Action will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill, and/or air conditioner or fans, or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program continues until Sept. 30, 2020.

To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with Washington-Morgan Counties Community Action by calling 740-370-1328 or online at app.capappointments.com. Offices are located at 218 Putnam Street, Marietta, Ohio and in Morgan County at 50 Third Street, Malta, Ohio.

To be income eligible household income cannot exceed the 175% poverty income guidelines. For a household of one income guidelines cannot exceed yearly income of 22,330.00, two members $30,170.00, three members $38,010.00, four members $45,850.00, households with more than four members should add $7,840.00 to the yearly income for each additional member.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households 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 $500 OR A one-time payment and/or air conditioner on their current unregulated utility electric bill with the benefit not to exceed $800. If the unregulated utility bill is over the allotted $800 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 medical professional of who is qualified under Ohio law to write prescriptions 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 $500. OR A one-time payment on their current unregulated utility electric bill and/or air conditioner with the benefit not to exceed $800. 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.

New this year- households that are income eligible and whose electric has been shut off or is in threat of disconnection, or new services is being established do not require a medical statement to apply. Proof of service disconnect, disconnection notice, or new electric account number must be provided at time of appointment.

A household member that was diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020 and are income eligible may receive assistance with current electric bill, and/or air conditioning/fans. No medical form is needed however, a statement from the household member that was diagnosed with COVID-19 must be provided at the time of the appointment.

PIPP customers are eligible for assistance towards their default PIPP payment, first PIPP payment, central air repair, or may receive an air conditioner and /or fan. No medical form is needed.

Providing you have not received an air conditioner benefit within the last *three (3) program years. *Those who are eligible 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, etc. Please be advised we will have a limited supply of air conditioners and/or fans. They will be first come first serve only, no holds. Those with operable central air are not eligible for an air conditioner and/or fan.

Clients need to bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:

¯ Income documentation for all household’s members 18 years of age or older for the past 30 days and/or 12 months.

¯ Self-employment/odd jobs/babysitting etc. you will be required to submit most recent filed IRS form 1040 and Schedule 1 form. Non-filing individual will be required to submit a completed Self-employment income and expense form (available at WMCAP office) along with an IRS Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS.

¯ 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. Additional information needed if supported by non-household member. 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 verified by a licensed medical professional who is qualified under Ohio law to write prescriptions (household members age 59 and younger) – if applicable.

¯ 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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