The Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area will again provide emergency energy payment assistance this winter for eligible households. The Winter Crisis Program begins Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 and continues through Tuesday, March 31, 2015, or until funds are depleted. Customers will be seen beginning Monday, Nov. 3.
Under the Winter Crisis Program, eligible households may receive a one-time payment of up to $175 for a utility emergency and $750 for bulk fuel. The Winter Crisis funds can pay a customer’s initial payment for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), a PIPP Plus 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 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of four, household income cannot exceed $41,737.50 a year. They must be on PIPP Plus or sign up for PIPP Plus or another payment plan.
Proof of citizenship or alien status is required for the primary applicant. United States citizens will be eligible by providing a birth certificate, baptismal record, or U.S. passport. Those born outside the United States, naturalized citizens or aliens must provide one of the following:
- Naturalization papers/certification of citizenship;
- Permanent visa;
- Birth certificate or hospital birth record;
- Refugee registration card;
- S. passport;
- INS ID card;
- Military service record;
- Indian census record;
- Voter registration card.
Montgomery and Greene County customers may call 1-866-504-7379 beginning at 6 a.m. to make an appointment to re-certify their PIPP Plus status and apply for the Winter Crisis Program. Several attempts may be required to make an appointment due to the high volume of calls. Darke County customers may call (937) 548-8143 and Preble County customers may call (937) 456-2800 to make and appointment and apply for the program.
Customers may be seen at 719 S. Main St. in Dayton or at the Dayton Job Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. Customers must bring all of the following items to their appointment:
- Social Security cards for all household members;
- Picture ID for the person whose name the account is in;
- Current utility bill/disconnect notice/account number;
- Proof of income received by all household members age 18 or older for the last 13 weeks, including child support, weekly or bi-weekly pay stubs; Social Security, pension, Workers’ Compensation or unemployment benefits.
- Tenant eligibility and rent procedures for those living in HUD housing;
- Financial aid breakdown and tuition and fee bills for students;
- Landlord’s name and telephone number for renters.
- Any income from odd jobs. If laid off, documentation from the previous employer is required.
If a household member or head of household states they have no income and are being supported by another household member who has income, they must complete the “Zero Income Self-Declaration Section” of the application form. If a household member is receiving help from a non-household member, the application must include a notarized letter from that person stating how much and how often money is provided, how the bill is paid, and if the money is a loan or gift.
Households reporting zero income who were not required to file taxes can request a copy of a “Verification of Non-Filing Status Transcript” by calling 1-800-829-1040, faxing 1-859-669-3592, or online at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript
All applications are subject to random audit for accuracy and truthfulness. For more information about the Winter Crisis Program, visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or call 1-800-282-0880.