Seniors in just Hamilton County will be equipped to obtain aid by means of the new Senior Utility Help and Property Fix Software.
County citizens ages 60 and up will be able to get assistance for property repairs which include the routine maintenance of ramps, railings and HVAC systems. They’re going to also be able to receive help having to pay their utility payments.
The pilot software was designed after commissioners heard from senior citizens who are not eligible for federal COVID-relief packages but desired assistance due to rising expenses though on a fastened earnings. It will concentrate on seniors who are not qualified for other support by expanding the profits limits for eligibility.
The $1 million pilot will use funds from the Senior Service Tax Levy. Fee President Stephanie Summerow Dumas states even though utility help is accessible by way of a number of courses, a person making under $24,000 does not qualify for them due to current federal guidelines.
“This program will serve more mature older people whose money is up to 300% of the poverty stage,” Dumas claimed. “For a person living on your own, which is a highest once-a-year income of $40,770 and a pair is $54,930.”
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio CEO Suzanne Burke says growing the income threshold makes it possible for for lots of minimal-earnings seniors to receive relief.
“The pandemic has been very hard on seniors in everything from illness and COVID to just assembly fundamental requires, so this could not arrive at a improved time,” Burke explained.
Even though the new system isn’t federally funded, Burke suggests it would not be attainable without federal money.
“We acquired extra federal resources now, even though they could not be employed for certain items, we had been equipped to employ them to offset funding that would’ve been supplied for the levy for items like meals, so that has freed up the funding for this very vital initiative,” Burke said.
Under are the revenue specifications for home repairs and utility help:
- Hamilton County citizens ages 60 and over
- More mature grownup or spouse and children member in household presently paying utility invoice
- Ineligible for other support applications
- Residence cash flow of 300% of poverty level or down below
- 1 particular person in house, annual income of $-40,770
- 2 people in home, once-a-year profits of $-54,930
- 3 folks in house, yearly money of $-69,090
- 4 persons in family, annual cash flow of $-83,250
Citizens with issues about the system can call the Council on Getting old at 513-743-9000.
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