Pace Assists with the Summer Heat
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. announces June 5th as the start date for the Summer Cool Program. The Summer Cool Program provides air conditioners and assistance for eligible households in defraying the high cost of cooling a home during the hot summer months. Susan Laughlin, Client Services Manager, states “as temperatures start to heat up, window air conditioners will be available to households that meet program guidelines.”
Households must be in one of the three at-risk categories, which include elderly, disabled or a child age five and under. As well, a documented medical condition must exist that warrants the need for air conditioning, and the electric account must be in good standing.
The household must be income-qualified for the program with a combined annual gross for the past 12-months at or below 150% of the current OMB Poverty Guidelines. Income limits are as follows:
$17,820 for a household of one $24,030 for a household of two
$30,240 for a household of three $36,450 for a household of four
$42,660 for a household of five $6,240 for each additional member
Households that were on winter heating assistance will not need to income qualify. Applicants that did not receive winter assistance will need to complete the application process with the following required documentation:
· Listing all members residing in the home including birthdates and social security cards.
· Gross income for all adults in the household age 18 and over. Program guidelines state the past 12-months’ worth of income must be submitted for each adult in the household. Those receiving social security can submit a bank statement if direct deposited, an award letter or printout from the Social Security office. Those employed should submit their most recent paystub showing their year to date gross wages.
· Renters must have their landlord complete a Landlord Affidavit and homeowners should submit documentation verifying home ownership such as a deed, mortgage statement, etc.
· Electric and heating bills
· Name and fax number of your physician
Energy Education sessions will also be provided to clients applying for the program. Laughlin states “As part of the Energy Assistance Program, we also offer an education component in order to provide our clients with practices to use in their home to decrease their energy usage and lower their energy costs.” Those who have an approved application on file and attend an Energy Education session will also receive an energy kit, which contains compact fluorescent light bulbs and a smoke detector. There is a very limited supply of kits that are provided on a first come, first serve basis.
This past winter, Pace accepted 2,826 applications for assistance, with over $1,100,000 in benefits being applied to the utility account(s) of qualifying households. Benefits are paid directly to the utility vendor(s) on behalf of those approved households.
Laughlin states, “We are expecting funds to be available in July to assist with monetary benefits towards electric bills, but those details are still being finalized at the state level.”
To apply for the Summer Cool Program or for more information on the Energy Assistance Program or other programs offered at Pace Community Action Agency, contact the Client Services office at (812) 882-7927, extension 2.
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. is a private not-for-profit Community Action Agency established to provide support services to improve the community and encourage self-reliance. Services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran.
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