PERCENTAGE OF INCOME PAYMENT PLAN (PIPP) PLUS
Households enrolled in PIPP should be aware that the program is now PIPP Plus. Under PIPP Plus, eligible customers pay six percent of their monthly income or $10 a month, whichever is greater, to both electric and gas utilities. Customers in all-electric homes pay 10 percent or $10, whichever is greater. These payments remain the same for 12 months when the customer's income is reverified.
To be eligible for PIPP Plus, customers must have a household income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of four, that equals an annual income of $36,375.
To schedule an appointment, to re-certify PIPP Plus or for any services if you are not in disconnect status call Community Action Partnership Preble County at (937) 456-2800..
HEAP Summer Crisis Program
The Summer Crisis Program, which provides electric bill payment assistance to eligible families, will continue through Monday, Aug. 31, or until funds are depleted. Community Action Partnership will provide assistance to households with incomes at or below 175 percent of the 2015 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Yearly household income for a family of four may not exceed $42,437.50. The maximum benefit amount is $250 for customers of regulated utilities.
There is a change in who is eligible for the Summer Crisis Program. Due to limited funds, customers currently enrolled in the PIPP Plus Payment Program may not receive a monetary benefit for the Summer Crisis Program.
Customers who are currently on PIPP Plus are not eligible for a SCP monetary benefit. However, if a customer had been on PIPP Plus in the past and currently is no longer in the program and does not have outstanding PIPP Plus default or arrearages they are eligible for the Summer Crisis Program.
If a customer was on PIPP Plus in the past and currently is no longer in the program but does have an outstanding PIPP Plus default/arrearages they are not eligible for the Summer Crisis Program.
Summer Crisis funds may be used for one payment for the current electric bill, or a utility account deposit, transfer of service, or disconnect fees.
A limited number of air conditioners will be distributed to eligible customers while supplies last. However, eligible households with central air conditioning in need of repair may receive a repair benefit of up to $250. The benefit may be used to repair a central or whole-house air conditioner. Repairs must be made by a qualified, insured cooling unit technician. A co-payment may be necessary to cover the entire amount of the repair cost.
Individuals under age 60 with a documented medical condition may be eligible for benefits. They must provide documentation of their condition signed by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner. Households meeting the income guidelines may also qualify for assistance if they have a member age 60 or older. No medical documentation is required.
Those wishing to apply for the Summer Crisis Program will need to provide:
Preble County residents may make an appointment for the Summer Crisis Program by calling (937) 456-2800. For more information, call 1-800-282-0880.
HEAP Winter Crisis Program
Through the Winter Crisis Program, eligible households in emergency situations may qualify to receive once per heating season up to $175 for a utility emergency. In addition, those with a 10-day or less supply of bulk fuel may also qualify to receive up to $750 in assistance. The Winter Crisis Funds can pay a customer's initial payment for the Perentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus), a PIPP Plus default, a reconnection fee or a deposit.
Income Eligibility for the Winter Crisis Program is 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of four, household income cannot exceed $41,738 a year. They must be on PIPP Plus or sign up for PIPP Plus or another payment plan.
Proof of citizenship or alient status is required for the primary applicant. United States citizens will be eligible by providing a birth certificate, baptismal record, or U.S. passport. Those born outside the United States, naturalized citizens or aliens must provide one of the following:
Customers may be seen at 308 Eaton-Lewisburg Rd. in Eaton. Customers must bring all of the following items to their appointment.
If a household member or head of household states they have no income and are being supported by another housheold member who has income, they must complete the "Zero Income Self-Declaration Section" of the appllcation form. If a household member is receiving help from a non-household member, the application must include a notartized letter from that person stating how much and how often money is provided, how the bill is paid, and if the money is a loan or a gift.
Households reporting zero income who were not required to file taxes can request a copy of a "Verification of Non-Filing Status Transcript" by calling 1-800-829-1040 or faxing 1-859-669-3592.
All applications are subject to random audit for accuracy and truthfulness. For more information about the Winter Crisis Program, go here or call 1-800-282-0880.
Community Action Partnership