Project Share supplies most of the assistance from Oct. 1 through April 30. For assistance during other times of the year, contact The Salvation Army. Special circumstances must exist. Recipients must meet or be below the income guidelines* (available by visiting healthandwelfare.idaho.gov) and satisfy one of the following requirements:
• Persons 62 years or older who have a past due amount on their utility bill
• Persons with a disability with no alternative source of funds
exhibit hardship, such as:
• Involuntary unemployment
• Medical crisis
• Family crisis including death, desertion or imprisonment of a spouse
In addition, recipients must be experiencing one or more of the following:
• Electric or gas service has been disconnected or reminder notice has been issued
• Less than a five to seven day supply of fuel on hand
• Energy-related equipment in need of repairs
*Income guidelines are the same as those used for federal food stamp eligibility. Income guidelines are based on total income for all residents living in the household, based on the previous month’s income.
Once you’re approved, benefits will be paid through a voucher system. Representatives from The Salvation Army Project Share will fill out the fuel assistance order and present the order to the vendor/supplier. Customers must contact the vendor to make payment arrangements on unpaid balance. Project Share does not pay for repairs on equipment on premises not owned by applicant and does not pay utility deposits.
Project Share cannot be used to pay past due bills that have been turned over to a collection agency. However, in situations where utility service needs to be resumed, utility connection fees may be paid by Project Share only if disconnection of service was involuntary.
The program provides a maximum of $300 in energy aid per qualifying household per program year (October – September). Unused assistance (balances) may not be carried over and therefore expire.