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January 2009 News News page Archive

Client applies for heating assistance at the WMCAP office.
Washington-Morgan Community Action Receives Funds From AEP For Heating Assistance

Washington-Morgan Community Action has received $15,000 from American Electric Power (AEP) to help eligible AEP customers pay their heating bill this winter.

The funds will be used for households above 175% of the federal poverty guidelines up to 200%. The program will be available until March 31, 2009 or until funds are depleted. As with the Winter Crisis Program, households must be in disconnection status with their AEP account. The heating assistance benefit will be up to a maximum of $175 for only AEP customers and can be used one time in the heating assistance year.

Eligible AEP customers can apply at the main office locations of Washington- Morgan Community Action, at 218 Putnam Street, Marietta and 50 W. Third Street, Malta. Applicants must bring 13 weeks of income statements, their electric bill, gas bill, social security numbers and birth dates for all household members.

The yearly income for a family of 2 cannot exceed $28,000 and the yearly income for a family of four can not exceed $42,400.

According to David Brightbill, executive director of Washington-Morgan Community Action, “These funds from AEP will allow us to serve applicants who may not qualify for the Winter Crisis Program but are still struggling to pay their electric bill.” Washington-Morgan Community Action will be able to serve about 85 applicants.

Washington-Morgan Community Action will also receive Energy Conservation Kits purchased by AEP to distribute to all clients receiving heating assistance. Each household will receive one kit. The Energy Conservation Kit contains items such as a furnace filter whistle, a door sweep, LED night light, hot water temperature card, energy saving tips and other like items.

“Helping people keep their heat on for the winter is important but teaching them how to conserve energy is equally important” says Brightbill.

For more information on the Winter Crisis Program call (740) 373-3745 or (740) 962-3827


Washington-Morgan Community Action Washington and Morgan Counties, Ohio


218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH 45750 (740) 373-3745
50 W. Third Street, PO Box 398, Malta, OH 43758
(740) 962-3827