HARCATUS Community Services Director Michele Lucas says it’s important for income eligible households to understand that assistance is still available through the Home Energy Assistance Program’s Summer Cooling Program.
Lucas says she encourages the elderly and those with a medical need to take advantage of the program, if they are eligible.
Lucas says the program is designed to assist income eligible households with a member who is 60 years of age and older, has physician documentation of an illness that is aggravated by extreme heat, or those with disconnection notices on their electric bills.
She says more than 370 households in Tuscarawas County, 145 in Carroll County, and 115 in Harrison County were assisted during the month of June.
Lucas says HARCATUS Family Support Centers are currently scheduling appointments for assistance and says some offices are experiencing a high volume of phone calls.
Again, the Summer Cooling Program may assist with one payment on an electric bill, one air conditioner, and/or one fan, not to exceed a total of $250.
Income eligibility is based on 200% of the 2012 Federal Poverty Guidelines which begin with a maximum of $22,340 gross income for a one-person household during the past 12 months; add $7,920 for each additional household member. All applicants are required to provide documentation of total gross household income for either the 3 or 12 months prior to the date of application. Written proof of United States Citizenship or Alien Status, Social Security cards, birth dates, proof of how the home is heated, and the most recent electric bill must be supplied.
For more information, contact one of the HARCATUS Family Support Center offices at: 140 W. High Ave., New Philadelphia: 330-343-8770; 108 N. 2nd St., Dennison: 740-922-3600; 276-2nd St. SW, Carrollton: 330-627-4101; or 122 S. Main St., Cadiz: 740-942-8886. Office hours vary by location.