Programs

iStock_000001524668XSmall.jpgWEATHERIZATION PROGRAM

The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is designed to reduce energy consumption and lower utility cost to income eligible households at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  It accomplishes this through the initialization of Energy Conservation Measures in eligible households.

This program is offered to homeowners and renters, but landlords may be required to make a financial contribution.

The main measures provided by the program include:

The Weatherization Program also works with two utility programs.  The Columbia Gas Warm Choice Program, which is for customers who heat with Columbia Gas and are at or below the 150% Federal Poverty Guidelines, and the AEP CAP Program, which is for customers who heat with American Electric Power and are at or below the 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines.

2016-2017 150% Federal Poverty Guidelines used for PIPP PLUS, EPP, and Columbia Gas Warm Choice Programs 2016-2017 175% Federal Poverty Guidelines used for HEAP, Winter Crisis Program (WCP) and Summer Crisis Program (SCP) 2016-2017 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines used for Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and AEPCAP
Size of Household Total Gross Annual Household Income  Size of Household Total Gross Annual Household Income  Size of Household Total Gross Annual Household Income 
1 $17,820.00 1 $20,790.00 1 $24,120.00
2 $24,030.00 2 $28,035.00 2 $32,480.00
3 $30,240.00 3 $35,280.00 3 $40,840.00
4 $36,450.00 4 $42,525.00 4 $49,200.00
5 $42,660.00 5 $49,770.00 5 $57,560.00
6 $48,870.00 6 $57,015.00 6 $65,920.00
7 $55,095.00 7 $64,277.00 7 $74,280.00
8 $61,335.00 8 $71,557.00 8 $82,640.00
For households with more than 8 members add $6,240 for each family member For households with more than 8 members add $7,280.00 for each family member For households with more than 8 members add $8,360.00 for each family member

For more information on these programs please call Bobbie Jo Williams 1-740-454-1310 ext. 113 or email bobbiejo_meoag@midohio.twcbc.com.

HWAP flyer/brochure

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

What happens when a home is weatherized?

Do your part flyer/brochure


 

FRANCISCAN COMMUNITY MEALS

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity at Good Samaritan Medical Center started the Franciscan Community Meals Program in 1967. Due to the growth of this program the Community Action Agency of Muskingum County was requested to assume the responsibility of the program in 1979, with Genesis Health Care System (Good Samaritan Campus) remaining the supplier of the meals. The age range of our clients is six years to one hundred years.
 
Meals are prepared for each individual as prescribed by their physician, and according to a list of their likes and dislikes. Hot meals are prepared and delivered Monday through Friday. Frozen meals can be delivered for the weekend or holidays. Individuals living outside the delivery area can receive frozen meals, and have them iStock_000008380994XSmall.jpgdelivered on Monday’s.
 
Franciscan Community Meals is a provider for PASSPORT sponsored meals when the client has been approved through the Area Agency on Aging. There is a Wavier Program designed for individuals under the age of sixty-five who are in need of home delivered meals, these have to be approved by the Department of Human Services. Any individual can receive home delivered meals on a self-pay basis.
 
In addition The Franciscan Community Meals-on-Wheels Adopt-a-Route program is an easy and effective way for companies and organizations to get involved in their local communities! With as few as four people, a company or organization can Adopt-a-Route and deliver meals one day a week. Therefore, individual staff members would only deliver once a month, but the company or organization would help seniors, homebound and handicapped individuals every week.
 
Volunteers are the vital link for the Franciscan Community Meals-on-Wheels program and add an immeasurable human value to the quality of what we do. We believe that those we serve deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Much too often, the volunteer may be the only contact with the customer for that day, the only caring words or smile, or the only safety net to alert us of possible health conditions or additional needs the customer may have.
 
For more information or to volunteer please call our office at 1-740-453-5703, ext. 117.  The Franciscan Community Meals Program is totally Self-Supporting.

 

EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAM

The Employment Training Program was developed to provide on the job training for referrals From Job and Family Services and Experience Works. We provide hands on training to each participant, which includes but not limited to:
 
Clerical
Janitorial
Light housekeeping
Laborer
Job Skills
Office etiquette
 
It is our goal to train the participants to have employable skills, preparing them to enter the work force and become self sufficient after leaving our agency.

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

In the last 22 years Muskingum Economic Opportunity Action Agency (Community Action) has recognized that there was a need for decent, safe, affordable housing for the low-moderate income residents of Muskingum County.
 
Since 1993 we have applied for a number of Local, State, and Federal Grants that have made this goal a reality. iStock_000005410463XSmall.jpgOur completed projects include three Senior complexes, Falls Manor, 32- three bedroom garden apartments with an attached garage, Frank Cook a 60-unit apartment building and Zanesville Historic a 20-unit apartment building in all of these at least 1 member of the household must be 55 or older. Eagle View is an 80 unit apartment complex and Troon Crossing a mixed property for income eligible households of any age and is a 15-year Homeownership property. In 2008 Zanesville Homes was completed which added 50 scattered site units and is also a 15-year Homeownership program. Most recently Fairway Vista and Valley View Place were opened adding an additional 71 affordable housing units.
 
As we look to the future we will be looking at ways that we can provide more affordable housing, while working with other agencies that have the same goal of producing safe, sanitary, affordable housing for the low/moderate income families of Muskingum County.
 
Eagle View Apartments
Zanesville Historic Apartments
Falls Manor
Troon Crossing
Frank Cook

Zanesville Homes

Fairway Vista

Valley View Place


 

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERANS FAMILIES (SSVF)

The goal of the SSVF program is to promote housing stability among very low-income veteran families who reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing. The SSVF program can assist eligible veterans, through case management, to secure stable housing if facing eviction or if they are homeless. Veterans who are imminently at risk of losing their housing work with case managers to provide needed temporary financial assistance, linkage with community and VA benefits and a plan to improve their housing stability Veterans can call to discuss the program and eligibility requirements.

For more information on the SSVF program contact Kathy Combs 1-740-454-3241 ext 112 or email kathy_meoag@midohio.twcbc.com

SSVF program flyer/brochure


 

HOMELESS CRISIS RESPONSE PROGRAM (HCRP)

The Homeless Crisis Response Program (HCRP) helps those who are on the brink of homelessness. It helps eligible clients maintain the housing that they are currently residing in or to move into more stable housing. However, this is not an emergency shelter program or connected through Section 8 Housing Assistance. Its goal is to end homelessness and work towards housing security. Assistance is limited and based on individual need. In order to qualify, the client must be nearly homeless; this means that they will be evicted. Eligibility will be determined by the case manager.

For more information on the HCRP program contact Kathy Combs 1-740-454-3241 ext 112 or email kathy_meoag@midohio.twcbc.com

HCRP program flyer/brochure


 

Home Energy Assistance Program

The Community Action Agency of Muskingum County has served low to moderate-income residents of Muskingum County for 40 years. Our current energy assistance programs include E-HEAP and HEAP. E-HEAP is run currently as two programs. The Winter Crisis Program is designed to assist area residents in case of a shutoff on their main or secondary iStock_000007309225XSmall.jpgheating source, or who have less than a ten-day supply of bulk fuel. The Summer Crisis Program SCP was established to assist low to moderate income families (especially seniors) with the high cost of summer electric bills, and to provide an air conditioner to individuals with a qualifying medical condition.

The Winter Crisis Program operates from November 1, thru March 31 annually. It is designed to assist eligible, low to medium income families and individuals with a one-time payment towards their main and/or secondary heating source. Assistance with furnace repair is also available.

The Summer Crisis Program operates July 1st thru August 31 annually, and assists low to moderate-income families and individuals with their electric bill and furnishes air conditioners to individuals with a qualifying medical condition.

Also available is the Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP) that allows eligible customers to make lower utility payments according to their current income. Contact the Muskingum County Community Action Agency at 1-740-453-5278.

2016-2017 150% Federal Poverty Guidelines used for PIPP PLUS, EPP, and Columbia Gas Warm Choice Programs 2016-2017 175% Federal Poverty Guidelines used for HEAP, Winter Crisis Program (WCP) and Summer Crisis Program (SCP)
Size of Household Total Gross Annual Household Income  Size of Household Total Gross Annual Household Income 
1 $17,820.00 1 $20,790.00
2 $24,030.00 2 $28,035.00
3 $30,240.00 3 $35,280.00
4 $36,450.00 4 $42,525.00
5 $42,660.00 5 $49,770.00
6 $48,870.00 6 $57,015.00
7 $55,095.00 7 $64,277.00
8 $61,355.00 8 $71,557.00
For households with more than 8 members add $6,240.00 for each family member For households with more than 8 members add $7,280.00 for each family member

Ohio Energy Assistance Program Application 2016-2017


 

ELECTRIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (EPP)

Partnering with American Electric Power (AEP), the Electrical Partnership Program offers help in lowering utility bills. Through EPP, an energy auditor comes to the home of a client to assess the amount of electricity being used. The Customers receive energy efficient light bulbs at the time of the visit for those lights that are used the most. The client’s refrigerator is also tested for efficiency and may be replaced if it is not efficient. Visits usually yield the customer a savings of $100-200 annually on their electric bill. Some, who have inefficient appliances, will yield a larger savings on their electric bill.

In order to qualify for the program, the client must be an AEP customer who is on PIPP, receiving HEAP assistance or be at or below 150% federal income level of poverty. If someone has received weatherization services, they will also qualify. You must have lived at your current residence for at least one year.

2016-2017 150% Federal Poverty Guidelines used for PIPP PLUS, EPP, and Columbia Gas Warm Choice Programs
Size of Household Total Gross Annual Household Income 
1 $17,820.00
2 $24,030.00
3 $30,240.00
4 $36,450.00
5 $42,660.00
6 $48,870.00
7 $55,095.00
8 $61,335.00
For households with more than 8 members add $6,240.00 for each family member

Electric Partnership Program (EPP)


 

AEP COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (AEPCAP)

The AEP Community Assistance Program (AEPCAP) helps eligible AEP customers reduce their utility costs by installing energy efficient measures for their home, apartment, or mobile home. These measures may include CFL light bulbs, hot water tank wraps, and Energy Star refrigerators and freezers. All energy saving measures are installed at no cost to eligible customers. A home survey and consumer education will also be provided to eligible families. This program is available to AEP customers at or below the 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines.

2016-2017 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines used for Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and AEPCAP
Size of Household Total Gross Annual Household Income 
1 $24,120.00
2 $32,480.00
3 $40,840.00
4 $49,200.00
5 $57,560.00
6 $65,920.00
7 $74,280.00
8 $82,640.00
For households with more than 8 members add $8,360.00 for each family member

AEPCAP program flyer/brochure


 

Baby Pantry Program

In 1985 Muskingum County Community Action Agency started the Baby Pantry; at that time it was the first of its kind in the state. We knew that there was assistance available for food, but that often the needs of area infants were going unmet. The Baby Pantry offers assistance to income eligible families with formula, baby food, juice and disposable diapers when available. This program is very helpful when the baby is first brought home from the hospital, or the Doctor changes the formula. It also proves useful when payday isn’t quite soon enough, or when WIC benefits are not available for another few days. The Baby Pantry Program is funded through our CSBG Grant, Operation Feed, EFSP, and local donations, and is available to families every two (2) months.

The Baby Pantry program is income-based; in order to qualify individuals or families’ income must fall at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guideline and have a child in the home between the ages of newborn and 3 years old. If you would like more information about our Baby Pantry Program, please contact any of our Outreach staff at 1-740-453-5703 or 1-740-453-1692, hours for the Baby Pantry are 8-11 and 1-3 daily. The staff and board would like to thank everyone that donated to our baby pantry. We are very grateful for everything.
 
2016-2017 125% Federal Poverty Guidelines used for the Baby Pantry
Size of Household Total Gross Annual Household Income 
2 $19,912.50
3 $25,112.50
4 $30,312.50
5 $35,512.50
6 $40,712.50
7 $45,912.50
8 $51,112.50
For households with more than 8 members add $5,200.00 for each family member

 

 M.E.O.A.G. INC. SCHOLARSHIP FUND

In 1998 the Community Action Agency of Muskingum County established a scholarship fund as part of Community Action Month, which is celebrated in May. From 2001 to 2009  the scholarship was named in honor of longtime Muskingum County Community Action Agency Executive Director and human rights advocate Emory O. (Pete) Myers.

In 2009 the MEOAG Board of Directors decided to change the scholarship. The M.E.O.A.G. Scholarship is themed around a person, living or deceased, who has contributed to the betterment of the Zanesville, Muskingum County area. M.E.O.A.G. board and staff nominate individuals with the honoree being selected by the scholarship committee. The 2016 honoree is Pat and Arv Palmer. A fundraiser is held iStock_000003737186XSmall.jpgeach May to raise money for the scholarship and is awarded annually to an eligible Muskingum County high school senior or non-traditional student. In addition, the recipient’s application is submitted to the Corporation of Ohio Appalachian Development (COAD) for consideration in the David V. Stivison Scholarship Fund.

In 2015 the agency held its tenth annual Golf Fundraiser at Eagle Sticks Golf Course. This successful event raised proceeds for one scholarship award. The 2015 scholarship recipient received $1500.00 ($1000.00 from the M.E.O.A.G. Scholarship and $500.00 from the David V. Stivison Scholarship) Additional fund raising proceeds are used to continue the growth and stability of the Scholarship Fund. We would like to thank all who made this event possible, but especially our Gold Sponsor's whose generous contributions made this whole event more successful. 


 

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