Need heat bill help?
Published 4:54 pm Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Help is on the way for low-income families worried about rising heating costs.
The Community Action Agency of South Alabama has started the process of making application to assist low-income families with their heating bill. The program extends through the fall months assisting households with an allotment established by the federal government.
Eligible households must provide:
• proof of combined income, before deductions, of all household members for the entire month, prior to the month they apply for assistance.
• head of household‘s photo I.D.
• Social Security cards, date of birth and age of each household member.
The utility bill must be in the name of the head of household or the spouse and only the head of household or spouse should make the application. Proof of legal guardianship may be requested for some household members.
Based on family size, income cannot exceed the following figures:
• one person: $1,458;
• two people: $1,966;
• three people: $2,473; and,
• four people: $2,981;
Add $508 per month for each additional household member thereafter to determine eligibility. Bank statements are no longer an acceptable form for proof of income.
Payment will be made directly to the utility company that supplies the electricity and no payments will be made to the household.
Funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with some appointments having already been scheduled. The number of applications taken daily is also limited due to the application process and the availability of funds. Special arrangement may be made for the elderly and physically challenged. Deposits and reconnect fees may be limited.
To schedule an appointment please dial 1-877-246-7836 or go to caaofsa.org.
Appointments may be scheduled 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week as long as appointments are available.
For further information, contact the Community Action Agency Office at 251.867.4759.