Summer Cooling Assistance to Begin June 18th
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. announces June 18th as the date applications will begin to be accepted for the Summer Cool Program. Qualifying households will receive a one-time $210 benefit to their electric utility account to help defray the high cost of cooling their home during the hot summer months.
Susan Laughlin, Community Services Manager, states, “Households that were on winter heating assistance will not need to reapply for the Summer Cooling benefit as their benefit will automatically be applied to the electric account on file.” Notification will be sent to the utility companies around June 18th and those benefits should appear on either their July or August utility bill depending upon the customer’s billing cycle.
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 bills.”
Applicants that did not receive winter assistance will need to complete the application process with the following required documentation:
- Completed application - listing all members residing in the home including birthdates and social security numbers.
- Social Security cards for all household members and photo ID for the individual signing the application.
- Gross income for all adults in the household age 18 and over. Program guidelines state the past 3-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 bill
The household must be income-qualified for the program with a combined annual gross income for the past 12-months at or below 150% of the current OMB Poverty Guidelines. Income limits are as follows:
$18,090 for a household of one $24,360 for a household of two
$30,630 for a household of three $36,900 for a household of four
$43,170 for a household of five $6,270 for each additional member
Laughlin states, “As temperatures start to heat up, window air conditioners will also be available to households that meet program guidelines.” To qualify for a window air conditioner unit, households must be in one of the four at-risk categories to qualify, which include elderly, disabled, veteran, or a child age five and under. As well, a documented medical condition must exist that warrants the need for air conditioning and their utility must be in good standing without a pending disconnect notice. Those interested in applying for a window air conditioner unit must provide the name and fax number of the certifying doctor.
This past winter, 2,996 households applied for assistance, with just over $1,240,000 in benefits being applied to the utility account(s) of qualifying households.
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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