Energy assistance available to residents through OCAB Community Action Agency

Energy assistance available to residents through OCAB Community Action Agency

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OCAB Community Action Agency Inc. is serving eligible residents in Orangeburg, Calhoun, Allendale and Bamberg counties who need assistance with energy costs and other emergencies.

Orangeburg, Calhoun, and Allendale County residents may apply at Neighborhood Service Centers in Allendale, Bowman, Neeses and St. Matthews, and at the OCAB Calvin Wright Center, 1822 Joe S. Jeffords Highway in Orangeburg. Bamberg County residents may apply at Thankful Baptist Church, 442 Bridge St. in Bamberg.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Eligibility and other program questions may be addressed by calling the OCAB Calvin Wright Center in Orangeburg at 803-536-1027 during business hours, or by calling or visiting the local Neighborhood Centers. Home-bound residents with written medical certification may call to request home visits; however, Bamberg County residents are asked not to call the Thankful Baptist Church office.

Financial assistance for home energy costs under the LIHEAP Direct Assistance or Crisis Intervention programs may be provided to eligible households to help meet heating needs. The CSBG Emergency Assistance Program may provide limited funds to help with documented household emergencies including, but not limited to, eviction prevention, medicines and medical services, food, burnouts and other qualifying needs.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs and Community Services Block Grant program are administered by the state of South Carolina and operated by the state's network of community action agencies known as the Community Action Partnership.

Applicants must provide Social Security cards and documentation of income for every member of the household for the past 30 days. Certain programs require applicants to show proof of a qualifying emergency situation. In addition to a state-issued driver's license or ID card, other paperwork must be presented before an application may be taken. So to avoid delays, community members are urged to call the offices they will visit and gather documents prior to coming in.

Applicants must apply at OCAB locations in the counties in which they reside. All will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

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