Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Emergency Electric Bill Payment Assistance available for Hillsborough County residents


Hillsborough County’s Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) has funds immediately available to assist senior citizens and low-income households with payments of their electric bills.

Qualifications
Households that include senior citizens may qualify for Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) funds if they meet the following criteria:
·         Have a total household gross income below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (guidelines available on the County’s Social Services webpage.)
·         Have at least one member that is 60 years or older
·         Reside in Hillsborough County
·         Are a U.S. Citizen, qualified alien or permanent resident of the U.S.
·         Have a recent past due or final notice energy bill

Low-income households can qualify for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds if they meet the following criteria:
·         Have a total household gross income below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (guidelines available on the County’s Social Services webpage.)
·         Are responsible for paying their home heating or cooling bills
·         Reside in Hillsborough County
·         Are a U.S. Citizen, qualified alien or permanent resident of the U.S.

Additional requirements may be necessary for eligibility determination. Applicants will be informed of these requirements at the time of application.

How To Apply
Applicants will need to bring the following information with them:
·         Proof of income for all household members for the last 30 days. This proof can be a pay check stub, employer letter, public assistance check, Supplementary Security Income check, unemployment check or a pension check stub.
·         Proof of home energy obligation or electric bill
·         Picture identification
·         Proof of Hillsborough County residency, such as: valid driver’s license with current address, a letter from your landlord or mortgage company, voter’s registration card, etc.

Applications are accepted at any local Neighborhood Service Center listed below.

Neighborhood Service Centers Locations and Phone Numbers
·         Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center, 3402 N. 22nd St. in Tampa, 813-272-5220
·         Plant City Neighborhood Service Center, 307 N. Michigan Ave. in Plant City, (813) 757-3871
·         SouthShore Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. S.E. in Ruskin, 813-671-7647
·         University Community Resource Center, 13605 N. 22nd St. in Tampa, 813-975-2153
·         West Tampa Neighborhood Service Center, 2103 N. Rome Ave. in Tampa, 813-272-5074

Hillsborough County’s Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are federally-funded programs offered by the Department of Family and Aging Services. For more information, contact one of the above neighborhood service centers or 813-272-6770.


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