Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) is offering emergency winter heating assistance for those facing a utility shutoff or fuel shortage this winter.
The GLCAP Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) can assist residents of Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wood counties who have received a gas or electric disconnect notice or have already had utilities disconnected. The program can also assist those who are facing a shortage of bulk fuel such as wood, propane, or fuel oil, or need new or transferred service with a utility company.
“GLCAP is busy this holiday season helping hundreds of families with heating needs. When facing a heating crisis, reach out to us as soon as possible,” stated Joyce McCauley-Benner, GLCAP’s energy assistance manager. “By making an appointment using our scheduling hotline, a hold will be placed on your account until your appointment date. During these cold holiday months, knowing this can help you rest easy.”
Residents must be at or below 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $22,540 annual income/household of one; $46,375 annual income/family of four) in order to be eligible for assistance. Applicants must also provide a list of all household members, including social security numbers and birthdates; proof of citizenship for all household members; proof of income for all household members for the previous 30 days or 12 months; and copies of recent utility bills.
Emergency winter heating assistance through EHEAP is available through March 31, 2022.
“Those that have been already shut off or are below 20% bulk fuel, should contact our customer service team right away,” mentioned McCauley-Benner.
Those interested must schedule an appointment with GLCAP for assistance by calling 567-432-5046. Scheduling may also be conducted online at www.glcap.org/winterheating.
Residents who have less than 20 percent bulk fuel or whose utility services are already off should call GLCAP’s customer service team at 419-333-6054 to be scheduled an emergency phone intake.