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CAC is assisting households with winter heating needs

The Community Action Commission of Belmont County is assisting income-eligible households with winter heating needs through March 31.

Eligible households, with less than a 10-day supply, may receive a one-time delivery of bulk fuel or propane valued at up to $900. Utility customers may receive assistance up to $175 for regulated utility customers and up to $750 for unregulated utility customers to prevent disconnection of service, restore service or establish service.

Regulated utility customers may also sign up for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan, which is a payment plan based on monthly income.

Income eligibility guidelines for PIPP follow 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and HEAP follow 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Staff members are available to electronically file state HEAP applications.

To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with the HEAP office by calling 740-695-2405. Walk-ins are not permitted.

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

∫ Copies of their most recent energy bills

∫ A list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days

∫ Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members; (Social Security card and birth certificate)

∫ Proof of disability (if applicable);

∫ Documentation of fuel receipt if applying for fuel.

∫ Documentation of food stamp assistance/child support (if applicable)

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it has been necessary to establish the following guidelines when coming in for an appointment.

∫ Only one household member may come for the appointment;

∫ Arrive five minutes prior to your scheduled appointment;

Masks are required;

∫ No children are permitted on site during the interview;

∫ All documentation must be in paper form.

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