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This is the latest news from SCCAP. For more information, please contact Doug Wilson, Director of Communications and Development at doug@insccap.org.

Home Heating Assistance up in Morgan County

The number of people requesting help from the South Central Community Action Program to heat their homes this winter has risen by 80 percent in Morgan County.

SCCAP has provided energy assistance benefits to 2,667 households in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties since Oct. 5. That’s an increase of 15.7 percent, or 361 households, over the 2,306 households SCCAP had served at the same point last year

The fastest rate of change, by far, has come in Morgan County, where SCCAP has served 790 households in the Energy Assistance Program so far, compared to 535 at the same point last year. That’s an increase of 47.7 percent.

“We recognize that in these difficult economic times, there is a greater need for help with basic services such as utilities,” SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare said. “We had a 10 percent increase in the number of people receiving energy assistance last year and we expect another increase at least that large this winter.”

For those in Morgan County who’d like more information about the Energy Assistance Program or to schedule an appointment to apply for assistance, call 342-1518. The SCCAP office is at 133 W. Washington St.

In addition, SCCAP offers its energy education workshop for those who want to participate. Participants will receive an energy conservation kit, as well as information on staying warm while reducing utility costs.

Each household applying for the Energy Assistance Program will need to provide income documentation for the past 12 months for all household members ages 18 and older, current heat and electric bills, social security cards and lease information for those who rent.

Eligibility for the program is based on gross household income. For a family of one, the maximum annual income is $16,245. The maximum allowable income increases by family size: family of two - $21,855, three - $27,465, four - $33,075, five - $38,685, six – $44,295.

Last winter, 5,209 households received assistance through SCCAP’s Energy Assistance Program.

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence. Its programs in Morgan County include: Energy Assistance, Family Development, Individual Development Accounts, Section 8 Housing, Weatherization and Salvation Army Emergency Assistance Vouchers.