MOUNT VERNON — The Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission continues to offer area residents help with their heating bill. Emergency HEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance that provides financial assistance to low-income households that are threatened with disconnection from their heating source, or have already had service disconnected.
Those households serviced by a PUCO-regulated utility are encouraged to sign up for the Percentage of Income Payment Plus Plan (PIPP Plus) or an alternate budget payment plan. Households utilizing bulk fuel must have a tank containing less than 25 percent of its capacity. Income documentation for all household members along with social security numbers, electric and gas bills, photo ID, proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members, proof of disability if disabled, and other documentation must be presented at the appointment. Income guidelines are based at 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For a family of four, the annual income must be at or below $42,525. Income may also be calculated using the past three months, whichever benefits the client.
Those wishing to enroll in PIPP Plus have a lower income eligibility threshold. Approved applicants will also have their application automatically transmitted to the State HEAP office, where additional assistance may be available under the Regular HEAP program.
Eligible households may receive financial assistance once per heating season. The HEAP heating season is Nov. 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. The benefit amounts are as follows: PUCO regulated gas or electric customers may receive a benefit of up to $175, non-regulated electric or gas (i.e. co-ops) may receive a benefit amount up to $550. Income eligible bulk fuel customers may receive up to $450 for wood or coal, up to $750 is available for bulk fuel propane/bottled gas and fuel oil consumers.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, phone the Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission’s HEAP office at 397-0378.