|WSOS offers help to pay heating bills|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 05 March 2013 10:32|
Around the WSOS four-county service area, 297 households were approved in January to receive assistance to pay their heating bills through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP). A total of $127,710 was approved to assist these residents.
To date, the number of people who have been approved for assistance to pay their heating bills since the program started Nov. 1 is 1,042. In January, the number served in each of the WSOS counties is as follows:
Woos: 104 households - $37,388
Sandusky: 91 households - $36,904
Ottawa: 48 households - $22,656
Seneca: 54 households - $30,762
The income limits to receive assistance through this program remains at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. This means that households with one person should earn no more than $22,340 or four-person households should have incomes of no more than $46,100.
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 regulated electric and other utilities, up to $450 one time to pay non-regulated utilities and up to $750 for those who use propane and have less than a 10-day supply left in the tank.
Residents who have shut off notices receive assistance with heating bills through EHEAP while assistance for those who do not have shut off notices is available through regular HEAP.
Regular HEAP also provides a one-time per heating season assistance with paying some heating bills. 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, 2013.
WSOS is also still assisting with re-verifying PIPP plus customers. These customers must re-verify their status with the heating source each year.
Appointments are required to apply for assistance through EHEAP. To make an appointment, regardless of which county you live in, call 1-888-441-4327.
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