CAA summer crisis program to begin

By Charlene Hoeflich

June 16, 2014

CHESHIRE — Summer arrives Saturday and the Gallia Meigs Community Action Agency is gearing up to assist eligible residents with benefits provided through this year’s Emergency Summer Crisis Program which begins on Tuesday, July 1.

Sandra Edwards, Emergency Services Division Director, said that the program will run through August 29 or until the funds are depleted. There may be air conditioners available in special situations. However, the electric bill will be the first priority, she said. If we must use the maximum benefit to assure the electric is good for at least 30 days, then no other benefit will be available; i.e. air conditioner. Income eligible persons may call to make an appointment, beginning Friday, June 27.

Eligible applicants/household members served by the program will include:

— An income eligible household where the individual has a current qualifying medical condition/breathing disorder verified by up-to-date physician documentation from a medical professional or,

— An income eligible household where the applicant is 60 or older.

— An income eligible household served by an unregulated utility (Buckeye Rural in our area) with a Disconnect Notice.

The income eligible household may receive one payment for electric bill up to the current bill or PIPP Plus, but not to exceed $350 (AEP) or $400 (BREC). If you are in default of shut-off status, you will be required to pay the difference before we can assist with our maximum payment of $350 (AEP) or 400 (BREC).

Edwards noted that required medical forms to be filled out may be picked up in any of the Community Action Agency offices.

She also noted that priority is given to elderly clients. Appointments can be made by calling the Cheshire Office at 740-367-7341 for Gallia and Meigs Counties.

Edwards stressed that eligible clients must bring, with no exception, the following information:

1. Proof of income (3months/13 weeks) ( at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines)

2. Names, birth dates and Social Security cards of all household members (Birth Certificate for applicant)

3. Electric bills which must be in the name of the applicant or spouse.

4. Medical documentation if under 60 years of age. Applicants must bring documentation or they will not be assisted.

The financial criteria for participation is as follows: Annual income eligibility for 1 person in the household is $20,442.50, 2 persons $27,527.50, 3 persons $34,632.50, 4 persons $41,737.50, 5 persons $48,842.50and 6 persons $55,947.50. For households with more than six (6) members, add $7,105 per member.

Edwards said that applications will be taken from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Cheshire Office at 8010 N. SR 7, Cheshire, Ohio 45620