Assistance is available for Flagler County residents experiencing a “home energy crisis” through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program.
Eligibility is determined by gross household income, family size, and at least one household member must be 60 years of age or older. Senior applicants must be United States citizens or legal permanent residents eligible for federal benefits. Household eligibility may be considered when at least one member, preferably an adult, meets the citizenship/alienation requirements.
“These funds are intended to make payments to utility companies or fuel suppliers, to make repairs to heating or cooling equipment, or to address other energy emergencies,” said Winnie Costello, senior energy manager. services. “This program does not pay for water bills, or gas or propane used for cooking or heating water.”
A home energy emergency can result from an overdue utility bill, a lack of fuel or wood, or the receipt of a shutdown notice.
Payments are made directly to the seller for electricity, natural gas, propane, fuel oil, kerosene or wood. Blankets, portable heaters and fans can be purchased. The program can also help pay for repairs to existing heating or air conditioning equipment or reconnection costs.
To be eligible for assistance, households must have:
- A documented heating or cooling emergency,
- At least one person aged 60 or over in the household, and
- A gross annual household income at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
- Proper documentation, such as gross income and family size, are some of the other factors considered.
For more information or to apply for benefits, call the Senior Citizen Services Division of Flagler County Social Services at 386-586-2324, ext. 3621.
The program is administered under a contractual agreement between the Department of Economic Opportunity and the Department of Senior Affairs. Flagler County Senior Services Division is the local provider, and assistance is made possible through an agreement between the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners and the Northeast Florida Region Agency on Aging – which exercises its business as ElderSource in Jacksonville.