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Energy Assistance Program for low-income households starts Tuesday

The South Central Community Action Program is now accepting applications for assistance with winter fuel bills for households in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties.

SCCAP began taking appointments on Oct. 5 for a winter heating benefit through its Energy Assistance Program. The agency is also 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.

One change to the Energy Assistance Program this year, as a result of state policy changes, is that households whose utilities are included in their rent are not eligible for the program.

Eligibility for the program is based on gross household income:

Household Size – Maximum Annual Income: 1-$16,245; 2-$21,855; 3-$27,465; 4-$33,075; 5-$38,685; 6-$44,295.

Last winter, 5,266 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; Brown County – 988-6636; Morgan County – 342-1518; Owen County – 829-2279.

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