The Community Action Council of Portage County is accepting applications for water assistance programs. The Low Income Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), a component of the Home Energy Assistance Program, provides assistance to eligible households that have a payment due on their water bill, are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have to pay a deposit before new To qualify for these assistance programs, a household must have a gross household income at or below 175% of the federal poverty level — $25,515 for an individual, $34,510 for a two-person household, $43,505 for a three-person household or $52,500 for a four-person household.
Households seeking utility assistance must have a phone appointment and provide all required documentation. Applicants will need to provide utility bills, proof of income, and proof of citizenship for all household members. Other documentation may be required based on each household’s individual circumstances. Applications will only be considered complete when all required documentation has been provided.
Portage County residents can call toll free 234-703-4303 or go online to https://app.capappointments.com to schedule an appointment. Appointments are scheduled up to three weeks in advance and must be made through the Agency’s 24 hour Interactive Voice Response scheduling system either by phone or online.
CAC of Portage County also offers call-in appointments at its Ravenna office Monday through Thursday starting at 8 a.m. through 10 a.m. or until all the appointments are full. The phone number for call-ins is 330-297-1456, ext 0.
The Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc. will have funding available for Portage County households that meet program requirements. This year’s benefits include electric bill payments, window a/c units, fans, and a/c repair for central air. Eligible households may qualify for electric bill assistance up to $500 plus central air repair, a window air conditioner unit and/or tower fans. Certain conditions apply for these benefits.
Appointments can be made through our 24 hour automated appointment system by calling 234-703-4303 or by going online to https://app.capappointments.com. All appointments will be conducted by telephone interview. An intake specialist will call the client at the date and time of their appointment to start an application and discuss the documents that are required and how to turn the documents in.
If you are unable to get an appointment, you may call in Monday through Thursday mornings starting at 8:00 am until all call in appointments are full. These appointments usually fill up by 8:30am. For a same day appointment please call 330-297-1456 ext 0. More information on the program can be found at www.cacportage.net. You can obtain a medical eligibility form from the website or call to have one emailed to you.
Eligibility Guidelines for SCP: The household must be at or below 175% of the federal income poverty level AND meet one of the following criteria:
All air conditioners and fans will be distributed through the Lowes store in Kent/Brimfield Township.
The income guidelines for the Summer Crisis Program are as follows:
Household Size 30 Day Income 175% Annual Income 175%
1 $2,097.12 $25,515
2 $2,836.43 $34,510
3 $3,575.75 $43,505
4 $4,315.07 $52,500
5 $5,054.38 $61,495
6 $5,793.70 $70,490
7 $6,533.01 $79,485
8 $7,272.32 $88,480
Add'l Person $739.31 $8,995