The Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area will again provide emergency energy assistance this winter for eligible households. The Winter Crisis Program begins Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 and continues through Thursday, March 31, 2011, or until funds are depleted.
Under the Winter Crisis Program, eligible households may receive up to $175 for a utility emergency and $600 for bulk fuel. The Winter Crisis funds can pay a customer’s initial payment for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP), a PIPP default, a reconnection fee or a deposit. Users of bulk fuel, propane or bottled gas or solid fuels may also be eligible for assistance. A customer may receive a delivery of fuel if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity.
Income eligibility for the Winter Crisis Program is 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four, household income cannot exceed $44,100 a year. They must be on PIPP or sign up for PIPP or another payment plan.
Customers seeking assistance may be seen at 719 S. Main St. in Dayton, at the Dayton Job Center and at the agency’s satellite office at 1912 Needmore Rd.
Also beginning Nov. 1, the PIPP program becomes PIPP Plus and includes several changes. Under PIPP Plus, eligible customers pay 6 percent of their monthly income or $10 a month, whichever is greater, to both electric and gas utilities. Customers in all-electric homes pay 10 percent or $10, whichever is greater.
These payments remain the same for 12 months and then the customer’s income is rechecked. The key for PIPP Plus customers is keeping up with on-time payments.
“For each on-time and full monthly payment, PIPP Plus customers see a credit on their bills for their current balances and a credit toward their accumulated arrearage,” said Sheila Holmes, Director of Energy Assistance Programs for the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “PIPP Plus helps customers eliminate old utility debt and avoid new utility debt.”
To be eligible for PIPP Plus, customers must have a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four, that equals an annual income of $33,075.
Customers may call 1-866-504-7379 to make an appointment at the Dayton Job Center or the Needmore Road location. The CAP office at 719 S. Main St. will take walk-in customers only, beginning each weekday at 7 a.m.