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CAA accepting PIPP applications

LISBON — The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County is taking applications for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus) at our local office located at 7860 Lincole Place, Lisbon. Neither program will offer immediate assistance with utility bills.

Applications for Energy Assistance Program are available at post offices, libraries, and utility companies throughout Columbiana County. For more information on State HEAP please call 1-800-282-0880.

If a household does not bring the required information to complete the application, they will be required to schedule another appointment or bring the information back during walk-in hours. Those lined up at the door will be considered first in line.

September and October walk in hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1p.m. A limited number of walk-ins will be seen daily starting at 8:15 a.m. on a first come, first serve bases. We will stop taking walk-ins when the maximum number has been signed in for the day.

The programs are income based. Documentation needed: Proof of income for the past 30 days for all members of the household who are 18 years or older. This includes proof of disability, child support, wages, Social Security income, pensions, cash assistance, OWF, TANF, odd jobs, self employment, utility assistance check, etc. Households with odd jobs, self employment, and seasonal work (ex: bus drivers, teachers, landscaping, etc) must provide 12 months of income. Households that have odd jobs and/or self employment must also provide the most recent IRS tax transcripts. Household members claiming no income may be required to bring an IRS tax transcript or a verification of their non-filing status. You may contact the IRS at 1-800-908-9946. The application also requires birth certificates or Social Security cards and birthdates for all household members, as well as a photo ID for the primary applicant. A current gas and electric bill is needed, even if the utility is in the landlord’s name. A lease agreement or rent receipt is required when applying along with the landlords name, address, and phone number. All households receiving rental assistance must provide the most recent HAP agreement. If you do not have the required documents during your appointment, your application will remain incomplete and you will be given a return appointment date to bring all missing documentation.

Households with a member who is classified as permanently and totally disabled must provide proof of disability at the time of the interview. Acceptable documentation includes: Award/benefit letter, bank statement with deposit amount, copy of the check, printout from social security office, Medicare part D, Most recent IRS form SSA 1099 box 3, or IRS Form 1040.

Making an appointment will not stop a pending disconnection.

Any information provided by customers will be retained and may be shared with the utility companies.

Applications for PIPP and HEAP can be filled out online at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov. Applicants will need to set up an account to complete the online application. Applicants need ensure required documents are available to upload during the application process.

Our office is located at 7860 Lincole Place (rear), Lisbon. Please call the Lisbon office at 330- 424-4013 if you have any additional program questions or visit our website at www.caaofcc.org. Additional information also can be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling toll-free at 800-282-0880.

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