PUTNAM COUNTY - The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Winter Crisis Program will begin on Nov. 1 and continue through March 31, 2014. The Winter Crisis Program was created to provide financial assistance, one time per heating season, to income-eligible households who: are threatened with disconnection of their heating source, have service already disconnected, seek to establish new service or transfer service or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel.
To apply for the Winter Crisis Program, there must be a face-to-face appointment with an adult household member. The customer must bring the following hard copy information to the appointment: income documentation for all household members over the age of 18 for the last 90 days, a copy of each current utility bill for the main heating and electric utility source, proof of disability if disabled, social security cards/numbers/birthdates for all household members and proof of citizenship. Households must have an annual income that is at or below 175 percent of the 2013 federal poverty guidelines. The annual income guidelines are as follows: household of one, up to $20,107.50; two, $27,142.50; three, $34,177.50; four, $41,212.50; five, $48,247.50; six, $55,282.50. Households with more than six should add $7,035 for 12 months for each additional member. Our office locations are as follows: Hancock County, HHWP CAC office, 122 Jefferson St. and also the Family Center, 1800 Blanchard St., Findlay; Hardin County, 950 Kohler St, Kenton; Wyandot County, 559 South Warpole St., Upper Sandusky; and Putnam County at 1205 E. Third St., Ottawa. Appointments for the Winter Crisis Program can be made by calling our new toll free number: 1-866-467-6467 on or after October 18, 2013. Callers need to follow the recorded responses from our Interactive Voice Response system that will now allow our customers to choose their appointment date and time. Please remember to bring all the required information/documents noted when you selected your appointment date/time.
More information is available by contacting the HHWP Community Action Commission at 419-423-3755 or toll free 1-800-423-4304 or visit our website at www.hhwpcac.org.