November 11 , 2021 The Beacon • 13
Heating assistance is available for the winter
The Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission ’ s Emergency HEAP Winter Crisis Program began on Nov . 1 .
The Winter Crisis Program is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency , Office of Community Assistance . It provides financial assistance to low-income households that are threatened with disconnection from their heating source or have already had service disconnected .
Households serviced by a PUCO-regulated utility are encouraged to sign up for the Percentage of Income Payment Plus Plan or an alternate budget-payment plan . Eligible households include those in disconnect status or notice of disconnection or transferring or establishing new service . Households utilizing bulk fuel must have a tank containing less than 25 % of its capacity . Also this year , households that were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 12 months are eligible .
Income documentation for all household members , Social Security numbers , electric and gas bills , photo ID , proof of U . S . citizenship / legal residency for all household members , proof of disability if disabled , and other documentation must be presented . Income guidelines are based at 175 % of the Federal Poverty Level . For a family of four , the annual income must be at or below $ 46,375 . Income also may be calculated using the past 30 days , which for a family of four is at or below $ 3,811.64 .
Those wishing to enroll in PIPP Plus have a lower income-eligibility threshold . Approved applicants also will have their application automatically processed for the Regular HEAP program , where additional assistance may be available .
Eligible households may receive financial assistance once per heating season . The HEAP heating season is through March 31 . The benefit amounts are as follows : PUCO-regulated gas or electric customers may receive a benefit of up to $ 175 . Nonregulated electric or gas ( co-ops ) may receive a benefit amount up to $ 750 . Income-eligible bulk fuel customers may receive up to $ 550 for wood or coal , and up to $ 900 is available for bulk fuel propane / bottled gas and fuel oil consumers . Assistance for furnace repair also is available up to $ 500 .
To learn more or to apply , call the Kno-Ho- Co-Ashland Community Action Commission ’ s HEAP office at 740-622- 9801 . Due to COVID- 19 restrictions and the safety and well-being of community and staff , the application process must be started via phone only , no in-person applicants .
Rita Kipp , president of Licking County League of Women Voters ; Pat Talbot , president of Coshocton Local BPW ; and Breanne Smith , legislative chair of Coshocton Local BPW .
BPW hosts Licking County special guest
On Sept . 20 Coshocton Local BPW members welcomed guest speaker Rita Kipp , president of the Licking County League of Women Voters , to their monthly meeting .
Following a dinner catered by Schumaker Farms , Kipp spoke to BPW members and guests about the history and vision of the League of Women Voters , gerrymandering , redistricting in Ohio to promote fair representation , and accessibility to elected officials .
BPW , founded in 1919 , promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy , education and information .
Membership is open to men and women , employed or unemployed , who support the legislative platform .
For more information about BPW , email coshlbpw @ gmail . com .
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