The deadline to apply for the Winter Crisis (E-HEAP) Program, administered by Community Action Organization (CAO) of Scioto County, is March 31, 2017. The Winter Crisis Program helps income eligible Scioto County residents that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected, or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel to heat their home. This is a one-time benefit available during the winter heating season.
The total household income of an applicant must be at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Guidelines are based on the number of persons in the household.
- One person must have a yearly income at or below $20,790; or a 90-day income at or below $5,198.
- Two people must have a yearly income at or below $28,035; or a 90-day income at or below $7,009.
- Three people must have a yearly income at or below $35,280; or a 90-day income at or below $8,820.
- Four people must have a yearly income at or below $42,525; or a 90-day income at or below $10,631.
Households with more than four members should add $7,280 per member to the annual income and $1,820 per member to the 90-day income. If the past 90 days income is above the maximum amount, households may apply for benefits using the 12-month income test.
“We want to let customers know that the Winter Crisis Program ends March 31,” Angela Davis of Community Action of Scioto County said. “For customers that have not applied yet, they need to give us a call so we can get them scheduled. For customers that have applied, but have an incomplete application, we need them to complete their application before the program ends if they want to receive a benefit. If a customer does not know what they need to complete the application, they need to give us a call and we will let them know what information is needed to complete their application.”
Verifications needed to complete an application include roof of income for the household for the past 90 days (or 12 months if needed); Social Security cards for all members of household; a current electric bill; a current natural gas bill or, if heating with a bulk fuel, latest fuel bill or invoice.
“It’s important to stress that customers, who have an incomplete application, must get it completed before the program ends,” Davis said. “As of February 15, we had 137 incomplete applications.”
Davis said customers who have started an application, but have not received a benefit, should call the CAO office to find out what information is needed to complete their application. Additional information is available by calling the HEAP office at 740-354-7541.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-370-0711