Summer Crisis Programs begins in Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Community Action Council began the Summer Crisis Program last week.

The program provides assistance with electric bills, air conditioners and/or fans to those who are at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with a member 60 years or older, or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. Eligible households can receive up to $300 if they are customers of a regulated electric company, or $500 if they are customers of an unregulated electric company. PIPP Plus customers are not eligible to receive help with a disconnection notice or past due bill.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m., until 4:30 p.m., at the CAC Administrative Office, 114 North Fourth Street, Steubenville. Home visits are available for those who are elderly and or disabled persons unable to travel. If someone is representing a client, that person needs to provide proof of Power of Attorney or a notarized statement of permission to process application.

Documentation that must be presented at the time of appointment is proof of income for all household members 18 years or age or older from the day of the appointment 30 days back: (pay stubs, Social Security, SSDI, award letters or bank statements, OWF/TANF verification, alimony, child support, unemployment, workers’ compensation, pensions and utility allowances). Households that are under 30 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines might be required to bring in more documentation.

If household income documentation for 30 days is not reflective of the previous 12 months, people will be required to bring in 12 months of income documentation. For self employment, people will need to bring in their most recent IRS 1040, which includes Schedule C. Legible Social Security cards and proof of citizenship for all household members, utility bills, and/or vendor information (bulk fuel) are necessary.

Those claiming zero income must provide a notarized statement from all individuals who are providing financial assistance showing the date, their name, address, phone number and signature from the date of return. This needs to be detailed showing the dates and every cash amount given or paid directly towards monthly household bills and personal expenses. If bills are paid directly to the creditor, proof of canceled check and/or receipts are required for the previous 30 days.

Households must account for how they are paying for their rent and/or mortgage/property taxes, utility bills, water, sewage, trash and personal expenses. Along with this, a statement from the Department of Job and Family Services, showing all persons in the household is schooling if they are attending. An IRS Tax Transcript will be required if a household is claiming zero income for one or more years.

To request a copy call 800-908-9946. For a full client requirement form, please contact the Jefferson County CAC or inquire online at www.jeffersoncountycac.com.

Residents can apply online at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov for PIPP re-verifications only.

Residents can now schedule an appointment by visiting capappointments.com or call 844-493-1195 to schedule an appointment. The system will guide clients through the scheduling process of setting-up an appointment, going over required documents to bring with clients at time of appointment and as well as provide residents with a confirmation number to bring with them at time of appointment at check in. The automated system will send a reminder of the date and time of the appointment through call and /or text.

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