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HEAP Still Accepting Applications
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 1:30 PM

GMN Tri County Community Action administers Emergency HEAP, which is a federally funded program that assists income eligible households whose heating services are disconnected, in threat of disconnection, or have less than a ten-day supply of bulk fuel. The program can also assist clients with deposits for primary and/or secondary heat sources to establish service. The agency began taking applications Nov. 1 and will through March 29, 2013.

Emergency HEAP allows eligible households a one-time payment of up to $175 per winter season for regulated utilities for electric or gas, and up to $450 for non-regulated utilities to restore, maintain, or establish home heating service. The program will also pay up to $750 for fuel oil, kerosene, propane or bottled gas and up to $350 for wood or coal.

To be eligible for the HEAP program, an income test based on the past three months or the past 12 months will be done to qualify the household for assistance. You must bring proof of income for everyone in your household, birth dates and social security numbers, a photo ID for everyone 18 years and older, and a copy of your disconnect bill or proof of bulk fuel vendor used. Your application will not be processed until you supply this information.

Ohioans also have the option of enrolling in a longer-term plan that allows them to pay a percentage of their income rather than high bills they cannot afford. This year, the Percentage of Income Payment Plan or PIPP becomes PIPP Plus and includes several changes.