EHEAP starts Nov. 1

Beginning Oct. 21, residents who need assistance paying heating bills may make an appointment to submit an application for utility assistance.

The 2013-14 Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program begins Nov. 1 and runs through March 31.

This year’s income limit is 175 percent of the federal poverty guideline. The amount of assistance per household is $750 for propane and no more than $450 for electric and other heating sources. A credit is made to the homeowner’s heating source.

To receive assistance, a household must meet income guidelines and have received a disconnect notice or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. Income-eligible residents are those who earn no more than $27,142 for a two-person household or $41,212 for a four-person household, or 175 percent of the federal poverty guideline.

Those who need assistance with heating bills but are not in an emergency situation may apply to Home Energy Assistance Program, which operates until May 31 and requires income of no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline. This means a household of two should have an annual income of no more than $23,265 or a family of four, no more than $35,250.

Call (888) 441-4327 to schedule an appointment for EHEAP assistance.