Help with summer electric bills is on the way for low-income households in Monroe, Brown, Owen and Morgan counties.
The Summer Cool Program offered by the South Central Community Action Program will run from June 1 through Aug. 31. It will assist eligible low-income households by providing $50 toward their electric bill.
For the winter program that just ended, SCCAP assisted 5,266 households.
All households who received Energy Assistance from SCCAP during the past winter are eligible for the $50 electric credit in the Summer Cool program. All other households must complete an application and have their income verified.
Once approved for the Summer Cool program, a member of each household can also watch a short presentation on how to conserve energy and receive at no cost a conservation kit that contains three compact fluorescent light bulbs and a furnace filter whistle that tells you when your filter is dirty and needs to be changed. The retail value of the energy conservation kit, which is provided once per year to approved households at no cost, is about $15.
In addition, a household in which a family member has a life threatening medical condition may provide written verification from a medical doctor to receive a small window air conditioner. Households are ineligible if they have received an air conditioner within the last 5 years. Clients should call the SCCAP office for details about the required documentation to claim this benefit.
SCCAP has provided energy benefits to low-income citizens for 28 years. Last year, 3,160 households received assistance through the Summer Cool 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.
Eligibility for the Summer Cool program is based on total household income:
Household Size – Max. Annual Income
1 – $16,245
2 – $21,855
3 – $27,465
5 – $38,685
For each additional household member, add $5,610.
For appointments or additional information, the public should contact:
Monroe Co., 1500 W. 15th St., 339-3447
Morgan Co., 133 W. Washington, 342-15-1518
Owen Co., 145 N. Harrison, 829-2279
Brown Co., 168 N. Jefferson, St., 988-6636