OCAB, the Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale-Bamberg Community Action Agency Inc., is accepting applications for Direct Assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for residential heating for eligible residents next week.

The applications will be taken Monday and Tuesday, April 20 and 21, for elderly and handicapped clients only. Elderly residents are those citizens 60 years old and older.

Vouchers will be authorized under DA, the Direct Assistance Program, which provides payments for home heating: gas or electric bills, propane gas, coal, kerosene or wood. Eligible clients can apply from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Others may apply on Wednesday and Thursday if funds remain.

To apply, residents must reside in one of the four target counties and must provide proof of eligibility: valid picture identification; applicant’s Social Security card; Medicaid or Medicare card (if applicable); Social Security cards or official proof of Social Security number and birth dates for all household members. Proof of income for all household members over 18 for the past 30 days is required. If using Social Security information for income verification, applicants must bring the 2009 SSI or SSA award letter, not a copy of the check. The DSS Household Summary can be used to establish zero income. Applicants should bring proof of disability, disability statement from a doctor or another social service agency, SSI or SSA, if applicable. All documents must be available to start the application process.

Funds are only available for energy bills; there are no payments for water and sewer. A current account statement from the local utility company is required. Clients using propane gas, coal, kerosene or wood must bring a statement from their fuel provider indicating the client currently is being served.

Residents should apply in person at the OCAB office in Orangeburg, 1822 Joe S. Jeffords Highway or at the neighborhood centers in Allendale, Bowman, Denmark, Holly Hill, Neeses and Saint Matthews. Clients can only apply in the county where they currently reside.

For more information, call or visit the nearest OCAB office.

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