OCAP, ARC offer help with heating

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 29, 2011

If winter heating costs are putting too much of a strain on the household budget, two area organizations will soon offer payment assistance for those who qualify.

Wednesday, officials with the Organized Community Action Program (OCAP) announced beginning at 8 a.m., on Mon. Jan. 9, the organization will begin taking call-in appointments for their regular heating assistance program. The calls will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Residents should note the utility bill must be in the applicant’s name, and one must provide proof of income.

To make an appointment, call 334-428-2660. No walk-ins will be taken.

Also, residents can call now to apply for the American Red Cross heating assistance program, Project Share.

Once an application is submitted, an appointment will be given for an interview, which will begin the week of Jan. 9.

To qualify for assistance, the family income must be within certain guidelines depending on the size of the household. In addition, the head of the household must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

• be 62 or older; or

• receiving a total disability check.

For those who qualify, payments will be made directly to the energy supplier. For more information, contact the Covington County American Red Cross at 334-428-2680.