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Summer Electric BIll Help Available
Posted on: 06/25/2013
By  Andy Rex
For some, just keeping the electricity on to keep cool in the summer is a chore.
 
The Ohio Department of Development has help for those who are struggling. The Summer Crisis Home Energy Assistance Program begins taking applications next week. The program is administered locally by Washington-Morgan Community Action.
 
“Our program begins July 1st.  It runs through August 31st," says Community Action's Mary Bayless.  "It takes place in both Washington and Morgan Counties.  In Washington County, you need to go to 218 Putnam Street.  In Malta, it would be 15 Third Street.  We are open 8 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.  They will need to bring in an unpaid electric bill and proof of income for the last 13 weeks.  We will also sign them up for the regular Home Energy Assistance Program.”
 
She explains that the program "can help to keep the electric on, if you’re in danger of going without electricity.  Even if you have fans, electric is important just to keep those fans going.  We can also help with window unit air conditioning if you have not received one since 2009.  To get an air conditioner, you must have a chronic illness form filled out.  We have those at our front desk.  Your doctor would fill that out.  Or, be elderly.”
 
People must meet certain income requirements.  Bayless says this year, that is 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
 
“For a family of one, it would be $20,107.50.  A family of two -- $27,142.50; a family of three -- $34,177.50; a family of four -- $41,212.50.  We do count off for any health insurance they pay out, or child support.”
 
For more information, call 373-3745 in Washington County or 962-3827 in Morgan County.
 
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