The Ohio Department of Development has help for
those who are struggling. The Summer
Crisis Home Energy Assistance Program begins taking applications next week.
The program is administered locally by
Washington-Morgan Community Action.
“Our program begins July 1st
. It runs through August 31st
," says Community Action's Mary Bayless. "It takes place in both Washington and Morgan
Counties. In Washington County, you need
to go to 218 Putnam Street. In Malta, it
would be 15 Third Street. We are open 8
to 4:30 Monday through Friday. They will
need to bring in an unpaid electric bill and proof of income for the last 13
weeks. We will also sign them up for the
regular Home Energy Assistance Program.”
She explains that the program "can help to keep the electric on, if
you’re in danger of going without electricity.
Even if you have fans, electric is important just to keep those fans
going. We can also help with window unit
air conditioning if you have not received one since 2009. To get an air conditioner, you must have a
chronic illness form filled out. We have
those at our front desk. Your doctor
would fill that out. Or, be elderly.”
People must meet certain income requirements. Bayless says this year, that is 175 percent
of the federal poverty guidelines.
“For a family of one, it would be $20,107.50. A family of two -- $27,142.50; a family of
three -- $34,177.50; a family of four -- $41,212.50. We do count off for any health insurance they
pay out, or child support.”
For more information, call 373-3745 in Washington
County or 962-3827 in Morgan County.