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CAC says heating help is available

July 21, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

It's July, when temperatures typically reach the 80s and 90s, but Community Action Council officials are thinking ahead to helping people keep warm this winter.

Applications are being taken for the energy assistance program that helps low-income households pay their heat bills, Executive Director Dave Jordan said.

The agency is mailing notices to recent recipients of the program. To find out if you are eligible, call 301-797-4161, Jordan said.

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The amount of money the agency will have available for the program has not been set, but last year the group received $1.5 million in state and federal funding, Jordan said.

The benefit is made through a one-time payment to the vendor from which the approved applicant gets heat, whether the source is electric, gas, oil, coal or wood, he said.

Last year, the program helped 4,087 households, Jordan said.

For electric customers, benefits paid ranged from $215 to $396, Jordan said.

For gas and oil customers, benefits ranged from $265 to $480.

The agency has supplemental funds left over from last year that could add $20 to $30 to the benefits this year, he said.

While the agency hasn't run out of program funds in recent years, Jordan said the benefits are awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

The monthly income limits for eligibility are:

  • Up to $1,164 for a one-person household

  • Up to $1,561 for a two-person household

  • Up to $1,959 for a three-person household

  • Up to $2,356 for a four-person household

  • Up to $2,754 for a five-person household

  • Up to $3,151 for a six-person household


For each additional person, add $398 to determine the income limit.

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