Winter Crisis Application Process

All Winter Crisis appointments will be held virtually, via phone interview.

You must complete an application prior to scheduling your phone appointment. 

Follow these steps to complete your application and secure your appointment:

  • To apply online:
    • Click here to launch the online application
    • Set up your energy assistance account (email required) and fill out the online application for assistance.
      • Be sure to check the “Winter Crisis” box if you currently have a disconnect notice!
    • Scan in/take a photo and upload your required documentation.
      • Still not sure what documents you need to submit? Click here to download our checklist!
    • After you’ve completed the application and uploaded your documents, schedule your phone appointment.

Available Programs

Winter Crisis Program

The 2022 Winter Crisis Program runs from November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. This program provides household’s with a once-per-heating season direct payment benefit to:

  • Prevent a heating utility disconnection;
  • Restore service to a disconnected heating utility;
  • Transfer utility services to a new unit or address;
  • Refill bulk fuel household’s tank, provided at the time of application, it is at 25% capacity or less.

The Winter Crisis Program, in conjunction with MVCAP’s Emergency Home Repair Program, can also assist households in paying for the repair of an existing furnace.

Winter Crisis Program Eligibility Requirements:

Households with a gross income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the Winter Crisis Program.Please see the chart on the right for more information.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that provides households at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines with a once-per-heating-season credit to their heating bill account. HEAP and Winter Crisis are different programs – HEAP provides a credit, deposited directly to a client account, sometime during the heating season. The Winter Crisis Program provides an immediate benefit, paid by MVCAP, to the client’s heating bill to prevent an impending disconnection, restore disconnected services, or assist with the transfer of services. All clients applying for utility assistance will have a HEAP application processed.

QUICK LINKS

Apply Online (HEAP, PIPP, Winter Crisis)
Schedule a Virtual Appointment
Upload Documents
Download a Paper Application
What documents do I need to apply?

HEAP & Winter Crisis Program 2021 Income Guidelines:

12-Month Income Limit:

Household 150% 175%
1 $19,140 $22,330
2 $25,860 $30,170
3 $32,580 $38,010
4 $39,300 $45,850
5 $46,020 $53,690

30-Day Income Limit:

Household 150% 175%
1 $1,573.15 1,835.34
2 $2,125.48 2,479.73
3 $2,677.81 3,124.11
4 $3,230.14 3,768.49
5 $3,782.47 4,412.88

For households with more than eight members, add $7,735 to verify yearly income or $644.58 to the 30-day income for each additional member.

Percentage of Income Payment Plan – PIPP Plus

The PIPP Plus (PIPP+) program serves as an extended payment arrangement with your natural gas and/or electric company in which the applicant makes payments based on a percentage of the household’s countable income, rather than a utility payment based on usage.

Through the PIPP+, if you heat with gas or electric, you pay 6% of your monthly household income to each utility company. If you heat and cool with electricity, you pay 10% of your monthly household income to the participating utility company.

It is essential that PIPP+ payments (also known as “installments”) are paid on-time and in-full each month for the two-year program period. The required PIPP+ payment for each account will be reflected on your monthly bill from the utility company. PIPP+ payments must be made even if the account receives a HEAP credit to lower the account balance. You are required to reverify your income once each year to ensure continued eligibility for the program.

To be eligible for the PIPP+ program, the applicant’s household must have a total household income at or below 150% of the 2020-2021 federal poverty guidelines. Please see the chart on the right for more information.

Percentage of Income Payment Plan – PIPP Plus Eligibility Requirements:

Household Size One Month Income Twelve Months Income
1 $1,595.00 $19,140.00
2 $2,155.00 $25,860.00
3 $2,715.00 $32,580.00
4 $3,275.00 $39,300.00
5 $3,835.00 $46,020.00
6 $4,395.00 $52,740.00
7 $4,955.00 $59,460.00
8 $5,515.00 $66,180.00

For households with more than eight members, add $6,630 to the yearly income or $552.50 to the 30-day income for each additional member.