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Air conditioners, electric-bill help offered by agencySFlb

Published: Mon, July 23, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


The Mahoning- Youngstown Community Action Partnership will schedule appointments for the home energy assistance/summer crisis program through its voice mail system at 866-223-1125 at its new location at 1325 Fifth Ave. on the North Side.

The summer crisis program runs until Aug. 31.

A disconnection notice is not required, and a limited number of air conditioners will be provided.

Income-eligible applicants can receive a one-time electric assistance payment up to $250 and/or an air conditioner. Income-eligible people of at least 60 years of age do not need a prescription to receive either benefit. But anyone under the age of 60 must have physician documentation stating that someone in their household would benefit medically to receive an air conditioner and must not have received one in the last three years.

Physician letters or prescriptions must be dated within 30 days of the appointment.

Income-eligible households with a disconnection notice can receive a one-time electric assistance payment up to $250.

Residents with a tenant-based Section 8 housing subsidy are eligible if the electric bill is in their name. Section 8 tenants applying for an air condition need a statement from their landlord that the air conditioner will be theirs to take upon moving.

But residents of a licensed-medical facility — a hospital, skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility — as well as a publicly-operated community residences, boarding/rooming houses, and group homes of emergency shelters are not eligible.

Applicants must report their total household income for the past three months. Potential customers are encouraged to apply if their household income is equal to or less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

Each applicant must also provide gas and electric bills, proof of income, a photo identification for all household members 18 years of age and older, and Social Security numbers for all household members for in-person interviews. Disabled customers must present proof of disability.

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