Emergency energy aid by WSOS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 05 January 2013 09:12
With temperatures below freezing most nights in November in the area, the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program at WSOS has worked with area residents to ensure they have heat in their homes.
EHEAP, which started Nov. 1, has assisted 373 households in the WSOS four-county service area with paying their heating bills at a total of $217,849. The actual number of households is fewer than those helped for the same time in 2011.
"We are working as fast as we can to help residents," said Brian Taylor, basic needs specialist at WSOS. "The new PIPP is helping to keep power connected for area residents so we are working with fewer disconnect notices." PIPP means Percentage of Income Payment Plan.
The income limits to receive assistance through this program remains at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. This means that households should earn no more than $30,260 for a two-person household or $46,100 for a four-person household.
EHEAP provides one-time assistance to income-eligible residents to help them maintain their heating source by paying some of their heating bills. These households receive up to $175 one time to pay electric and other utilities, and up to $750 for those who use propane and have less than a 10-day supply left in the tank. 
To date, the number of people served in each of the WSOS counties is as follows:
• Wood County: 104 households for a total of $52,726.
• Sandusky County: 146 households for a total of $77,725.
• Ottawa County: 54 households for a total of $44,335.
• Seneca County: 69 households for a total of $43,064.
Residents who have shut-off notices receive assistance with heating bills through EHEAP while assistance for those who do not have shut off notices can get assistance once per heating season through regular HEAP.
However, regular HEAP requires applicants to file their own applications.
WSOS has applications available and can assist applicants with the forms. Both EHEAP and HEAP operate until March 31.
WSOS will also assist with reverifying PIPP plus customers. These customers must re-verify their status with the heating source each year.
About 228 PIPP customers were re-verified in November.
Appointments are required to apply for assistance through EHEAP. To make an appointment call (888) 441-4327.
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 January 2013 09:30

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