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YOUNGSTOWN Help is available for heat payments



Published: Fri, January 4, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Both homeowners and renters are encouraged to apply.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown Area Community Action Council is advising Mahoning County residents that it is scheduling appointments for the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program.

Emergency HEAP provides assistance to low-income households that have had utility service terminated, face the threat of disconnection or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. HEAP may also assist in establishing new service.

A maximum, one-time payment of up to $175 per heating season is allowed under the program guidelines to restore or retain regulated heating services. Bulk fuel households are eligible for up to $250. Customers using coal or wood are eligible for up to $175. The program will operate until March 31.

Emergency HEAP applicants must report their total household income for the past three months for all members 18 years of age and older at the face-to-face interview. Both homeowners and renters are encouraged to apply if their household income meets federal poverty guidelines.

Customers must bring copies of both primary (gas) and secondary (electric) utility bills to their appointment. Disabled customers must bring proof of their disability. Social Security numbers for all household members over age 2 are required.

Phone number: Potential applicants are urged to make an appointment by calling (330) 480-9630, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If your service is not in jeopardy, applications for Ohio's Regular HEAP are also available at various locations throughout the county. Regular HEAP pays a portion of eligible households' heating bills for December, January, and February. Total household income and size determine the amount of assistance received.

Applications may be picked up at YACAC, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Churches, organizations or agencies needing a supply of applications are urged to call the YACAC office.




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