Help with winter fuel bills will be available for households in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties starting on Oct. 5.
On that day, the South Central Community Action Program will begin taking appointments for a winter heating benefit through its Energy Assistance Program.
While elderly or disabled applicants and those with children or in imminent danger of disconnection will have priority for the first two weeks, potential applicants of all ages are encouraged to schedule an appointment at any time by calling the SCCAP office in their county.
The agency will also begin taking applications for low-income households in need of bulk fuel.
In addition, SCCAP will offer its energy education workshop for those who want to participate. Participants will receive an energy conservation kit, as well as information on staying warm while trying to reduce utility costs.
Each household applying for the Energy Assistance Program will need to provide income documentation for the past 12 months for all household members ages 18 and older, current heat and electric bills, social security cards and lease information for those who rent.
Last winter, 5,209 households received assistance through SCCAP’s Energy Assistance Program.
SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence. Its programs include: Affordable Rental Housing, the Circles Initiative, Energy Assistance, Family Development, Head Start, Individual Development Accounts, Section 8 Housing and Weatherization.
For appointments or additional information, the public should call:
Monroe County 339-3447; Morgan County 342-1518; Owen County 829-2279; Brown County 988-6636