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Utility assistance program accepting applications

Posted at 10:47 AM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 11:47:41-04

The St. Mary/Vermilion Community Action Agency will begin accepting appointments for LIHEAP Utility Assistance on Tuesday, March 12 and Wednesday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Call the central office at (337) 893-2528 to set up an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.

The service is available once every six months, provided funds are available. If you don’t have all the information, your application will not be accepted. The payments the applicants qualify for will be sent to the vendors according to:

October – March are considered Heating Months, which means the payment can only go to the vendor the applicant uses to heat the homes.

April- September are considered Cooling Months, which means the payment can only go to the vendor the applicant uses to cool the homes.

To apply the following information is needed and current:

· Current Proof of Income (Examples: Last 4 consecutive pay stubs, Award letters, Food Stamp Printout-(FS Printouts must be printed out in last 30 days)

· Unexpired Driver’s License or State I.D. with the same address as the service address for the applicant

· Social Security Cards for everyone in the household

· One to Six months of Gas and/or Electric Bills (Actual Bills or Printout)

· Proof of Residence-Examples: Tax bill, Voter Registration Card, Insurance bill, Cable, Telephone, Credit Card, or Medical bill. The document must have a name and physical address on it.

The income guideline is 1-$1,948, 2-$2,547,3-$3,146, 4-$3,745 and 5-$4,345.

Crisis Assistance Program. A crisis exists when a household’s energy source for heating and/or cooling has been disconnected or scheduled for disconnection, faced with a health and/or medical safety risk (risk must be documented) or experiencing a social or economic hardship (income and basic living expenses must be considered) A crisis also exists for weather-related and emergency shortages declared by state and federal government. Households are eligible for one crisis payment not to exceed $475.