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Summer cooling bills assistance program deadline is Aug. 30

In Ottawa County, WSOS’s Summer Crisis Program helped 58 households, who received 15 air conditioners and 14 fans, and were assisted with utility bills in the amount of $2,484.

Those who have not yet applied for assistance have until Friday, Aug. 30, to submit an application. Appointments are needed to submit an application, and may be made by calling 888-441-4327.

The benefit amount per household this year for applicants with regulated utilities is $175 per household. However, to be eligible for this assistance, the applicant must have a household member 60 years of age or older, or documentation of a qualifying medical condition (form a licensed physician stating "due to illness, this client would benefit from continued electric service." In addition, the clients must pay a portion of their electric bill.

Anyone who fulfills this requirement may get an air conditioner if he/she has not received one in the past three years. If they’ve received an air conditioner, the person can get help paying the electric bill once for the summer.

This assistance cannot be used to pay on a Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) Plus bill, but the assistance may be used for enrollment in PIPP.

To apply for assistance, applicants must have with them the following information: 

•Proof of income, for all residents 18 years of age or older, for either three or 12 months

•A copy of the most recent utility bill

•Social Security numbers and birth dates for all residents in the home, and

•Medical documentation as specified above

In addition, Emergency Services program continues to certify residents for enrollment in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) for customers of Columbia Gas, the American Electric Power Company, Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison and Suburban Gas.

To make an appointment or for more information, contact WSOS Emergency Services at 1-888-441-4327. See income guidelines below.

The Summer Crisis Program guidelines are 175 percent of the 2013 Federal Poverty Guidelines. They are:

1 in household: annual income $20,107.50, 90 day income $5,026.88
2 in household: annual income $27,142.50, 90 day income $6,785.63
3 in household: annual income $34,177.50, 90 day income $8,544.38
4 in household: annual income $41,212.50, 90 day income $10,303.13

Starting July 1, 2013 the new Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus) income guidelines are 150 percent of the 2013 Federal Poverty Guidelines. They are:

1 in household: annual income $17,235, 90 day income $4,308.75
2 in household: annual income $23,265, 90 day income $5,816.25
3 in household: annual income $29,295, 90 day income $7,323.75
4 in household: annual income $35,325, 90 day income $8, 831.25

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