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Community Action Commission Belmont County

Website: http://www.cacbelmont.org/heap.htm

St. Clairsville, OH - 43950

Financial Help Provided: Emergency Energy Assistance

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EMERGENCY HEAP applications are accepted throughout the winter heating season. Households who have less than a ten day supply of bulk fuel, need help for utility deposits, or who are threatened with disconnection of service may apply for assistance at the central office between the hours of 8:30 AM and 2:00 PM.

Clients are served on a first come first served basis and must meet income eligibility requirements. The applicant must furnish the following at the time of the interview: income verification for the previous three months, social security numbers and birth dates for all household members and utility bills. Applications can be processed only with the aforementioned information. Emergency HEAP sometimes, but not always, has funds for a limited summer program to help defray the high cost of electricity.

EFSP Emergency Food and Shelter Program

EFSP is a federally funded program created to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies. The community action commission historically receives those funds in January or February, but this can vary. Assistance is limited to one month’s usage of past due gas or electric bills. A one time delivery of bulk fuel may be approved if a household has less than a ten day supply. Families with past due rent or mortgage payments and lot fees for mobile homes are also eligible to apply for assistance.

EFSP funds may never be used for deposits or late fees, and are limited to one month’s service. Information needed at the time of application is the same as emergency HEAP.

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Tips For Prompt And Professional Assistance
1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.

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To help the needy find financial aid and assistance. This nation is going through tough times and providing a helping hand can help make the world a better place.