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2014-2015 Utility Payment Assistance Application

PERCENTAGE OF INCOME PAYMENT PLAN PLUS (PIPP PLUS)

Households enrolled in PIPP should be aware that the program is now PIPP Plus. Under PIPP Plus, eligible customers pay six percent of their monthly income or $10 a month, whichever is greater, to both electric and gas utilities. Customers in all-electric homes pay 10 percent or $10, whichever is greater. These payments remain the same for 12 months when the customer's income is reverified.

To be eligible for PIPP Plus, customers must have a household income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of four, that equals an annual income of $35,775.

To schedule an appointment to re-certify PIPP Plus or for any services if you are not in disconnect status, please call Community Action Partnership’s appointment line at 1-866-504-7379 beginning each day at 6 a.m.

View the Customer Documentation Checklist

Montgomery County Partner Agencies: Go here for information customers must bring if you are referring them to the PIPP Plus/Winter Crisis Programs.

Walk-In Procedure

Community Action Partnership will no longer have customers waiting in line to be seen as a walk-in.

The Walk-In Hotline will assist:

  • Customers who are scheduled for disconnect within three days;
  • Customers who are currently shut off;
  • Customers who are transferring or applying for new service.
  • Customers using bulk fuel, propane or bottled gas or solid fuels must have a tank which contains 25 percent or less of its capacity.

The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Households will receive a timeslot to come to 719 S. Main St.,. Dayton, Ohio 45402 for assistance Monday through Friday from 8 to 9 a.m.

The CAP HEAP toll-free Walk-in Hotline telephone number is 1-866-504-7379.

Customers who falsify their account status will not be seen.

HEAP Winter Crisis Program

The Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area will again provide emergency energy payment assistance this winter for eligible households. The Winter Crisis Program begins Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 and continues through Tuesday, March 31, 2015, or until funds are depleted. .

Under the Winter Crisis Program, eligible households may receive a one-time payment of up to $175 for a utility emergency and $750 for bulk fuel. The Winter Crisis funds can pay a customer’s initial payment for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), a PIPP Plus default, a reconnection fee or a deposit. Users of bulk fuel, propane or bottled gas or solid fuels may also be eligible for assistance. A customer may receive a delivery of fuel if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity.

Income eligibility for the Winter Crisis Program is 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of four, household income cannot exceed $41,737.50 a year. They must be on PIPP Plus or sign up for PIPP Plus or another payment plan.

Proof of citizenship or alien status is required for the primary applicant. United States citizens will be eligible by providing a birth certificate, baptismal record, or U.S. passport. Those born outside the United States, naturalized citizens or aliens must provide one of the following:

  • Naturalization papers/certification of citizenship;
  • Permanent visa;
  • Birth certificate or hospital birth record;
  • Refugee registration card;
  • U.S. passport;
  • INS ID card;
  • Military service record;
  • Indian census record;
  • Voter registration card.

Montgomery County customers may call 1-866-504-7379 beginning at 6 a.m. to make an appointment to re-certify their PIPP Plus status and apply for the Winter Crisis Program. Several attempts may be required to make an appointment due to the high volume of calls.

Customers may be seen at 719 S. Main St. in Dayton or at the Dayton Job Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. Customers must bring all of the following items to their appointment.

If a household member or head of household states they have no income and are being supported by another household member who has income, they must complete the “Zero Income Self-Declaration Section” of the application form. If a household member is receiving help from a non-household member, the application must include a notarized letter from that person stating how much and how often money is provided, how the bill is paid, and if the money is a loan or gift.

Households reporting zero income who were not required to file taxes can request a copy of a “Verification of Non-Filing Status Transcript” here, by calling 1-800-829-1040, or faxing 1-859-669-3592.

All applications are subject to random audit for accuracy and truthfulness. For more information about the Winter Crisis Program, go here or call 1-800-282-0880.

Click here for documentation required to process your application

Click here for income guidelines for the Winter Crisis Program

HEAP Summer Crisis Program

The Summer Crisis Program, which provides electric bill payment assistance to eligible families, will begin Tuesday, July 1 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 31, or until funds are depleted. Community Action Partnership will provide assistance to households with incomes up to 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Yearly household income for a family of four may not exceed $41,737.50. The maximum benefit amount has increased this year from $175 to $350.

Summer Crisis funds may be used for customers enrolling in PIPP Plus for the first time, or for those customers in PIPP Plus default status. These customers, ages 18-59 are eligible for payment assistance and/or an air conditioner if the household has not received an air conditioner in the last three years.

They must also have a documented medical condition to qualify for assistance. The medical condition must be verified by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner’s document which states, “Due to an illness, this client would benefit from continued electric service and/or air conditioning.”

Households meeting the income guidelines may also qualify for assistance if they have a member age 60 or older. No medical documentation is required.

Those wishing to apply for the Summer Crisis program will need to provide:

  • Income for the primary applicant and all household members age 18 or older;
  • Social Security cards for the primary applicant and all household members;
  • Proof of a chronic medical condition with documentation signed by a licensed physician or registered practitioner (if applicable);
  • Current electric and gas bills;
  • Disconnection notice (if applicable).

Montgomery County residents may make an appointment for the Summer Crisis Program by calling the automated appointment line at 1-866-504-7379. For more information, call the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) at (937) 341-5000 ext. 114.

Fact Sheet

Income Guidelines

Community Action Partnership
Montgomery County
719 S. Main Street
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 341-5000

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