Butler County residents in need of utility help may contact group

Supports to Encourage Low-income Families’ Winter Crisis utility assistance program is open to low-income families now.

The program provides one-time assistance for heating and runs through March 31, 2023.

”To date, 132 Butler County households have received assistance through the Winter Crisis Program,” states a news release from SELF.

In addition, SELF’s Home Energy Assistance Program has assisted 160 households, and 82 have been verified or reverified through the Percentage of Income Payment Plan.

The HEAP and Winter Crisis Program assist Butler County residents at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.

“Residents who are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected from their utility service, are transferring services, establishing new services, or are at or below 25% fuel may be eligible for the Winter Crisis Program.”

Anyone who wishes to apply must do so by making an appointment online at self.itfrontdesk.com or calling (513) 868-9300. There are no walk-ins accepted.

To apply for HEAP or verify or reverify Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus, people are asked to complete the Energy Assistance Programs Application and drop it off at 415 S. Monument Ave. in Hamilton or 930 9th Ave. in Middletown, or by emailing them to contact@selfhelps.org.

Applicants must have:

  • Proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for all household members 18 years of age and older
  • A copy of your most recent energy bill
  • Proof of citizenship for all household members
  • Picture ID
  • Social security cards
  • Proof of disability, if applicable

SELF also partners with its sister agency, the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership, to provide free Weatherization services to Butler County residents; visit www.selfhelps.org for details.

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