The Summer Crisis Program, which provides electric bill payment assistance to eligible families, will begin Tuesday, July 1 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 31, or until funds are depleted. Community Action Partnership will provide assistance to households with incomes up to 175 percent of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Yearly household income for a family of four may not exceed $41,737.50. The maximum benefit amount has increased this year from $175 to $350.
Summer Crisis funds may be used for customers enrolling in PIPP Plus for the first time, or for those customers in PIPP Plus default status. These customers, ages 18-59 are eligible for payment assistance and/or an air conditioner if the household has not received an air conditioner in the last three years.
They must also have a documented medical condition to qualify for assistance. The medical condition must be verified by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner’s document which states, “Due to an illness, this client would benefit from continued electric service and/or air conditioning.”
Households meeting the income guidelines may also qualify for assistance if they have a member age 60 or older. No medical documentation is required.
Those wishing to apply for the Summer Crisis program will need to provide:
- Income for the primary applicant and all household members age 18 or older;
- Social Security cards for the primary applicant and all household members;
- Proof of a chronic medical condition with documentation signed by a licensed physician or registered practitioner (if applicable);
- Current electric and gas bills;
- Disconnection notice (if applicable).
Montgomery and Greene County residents may make an appointment for the Summer Crisis Program by calling the automated appointment line at 1-866-504-7379. Preble County residents may make an appointment for the Summer Crisis Program by calling (937) 456-2800, and Darke County residents may call (937) 548-8143.
For more information, visit www.cap-dayton.org or call the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) at (937) 341-5000 ext. 114.