Energy assistance available
Washington County HACAP has been accepting applications for LiHEAP from people 60 and over and from households with a disabled person in them since Oct. 1. Applicants for the rest of the public will be accepted starting today, Nov. 1 continue through April 30, 2013.
LiHEAP is a home-energy assistance program for low-income individuals and families. Applications may be done through the mail or in person at HACAP’s office. The applications for LiHEAP should be taken to Building 3 at Orchard Hill, which is south of the Sheriff’s Office and is the former home of DHS.
To qualify for LiHEAP, income guidelines must be met. A person’s annual income cannot exceed $16,755. For each additional member of the family, the person is allowed $5,940 in income to still qualify.
In the past year, 578 households in Washington County applied. Of those, 522 were accepted. Washington County households received about $244,000 from LiHEAP.
In addition to receiving help paying their utility bill, LiHEAP also paid to prevent 19 disconnects, to ensure seven reconnects, eight crisis fuel deliveries, six furnace replacements and 12 furnace repairs.
There will be a change to the LiHEAP application next year. Everyone who wishes to apply must do so by visiting the office in person. HACAP employee and the contact person for LiHEAP in Washington County, Susan Tweedy, said this is something that all LiHEAP recipients must do every three years.