Home Heating Assistance Available Through Catholic Charities

Home Heating Assistance Available Through Catholic Charities

The Diocesan Heating Assistance Program will be available for assistance starting on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

The Diocesean Heating Assistance Program (DHAP) provides emergency heating assistance -- up to $300 per household -- to anyone in need residing within the nine counties of the Diocese of Kalamazoo (Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St Joseph, and Van Buren counties). The program helps households defray heating expenses and obtain heating resources (fuel oil, natural gas, electricity, firewood, etc).

To apply for assistance through this program, call your local parish/mission Heating Assistance Volunteer (HAV) between January 8, 2019 and the end of March 2019. If you need assistance reaching your local HAV, please contact Catholic Charities via e-mail at info@ccdok.org and include your address in the e-mail -- or call 269-381-9800 during business hours.

The HAV will walk you through the application process and help you put together a package from available resources to cover all your heating expenses. Once the package is developed, the HAV will contact the Heaving Assistance Coordinator at Catholic Charities -- available on Tuesdays and Thursdays through March from 9 AM to 12 PM -- who will approve CCDOK's portion of the financial assistance package and send payment directly to the appropriate utility. Please feel free to call CCDOK at 269-381-9800 with any questions about this process.

The Heating Assistance Program is generously funded through a special collection taken one weekend in November -- with funds contributed from more than 50 parishes and missions across the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Parishes/missions may keep 20% of the funds collected for local use, serving the poor and vulnerable. The remaining 80% is contributed to the DHAP Fund and given out to families in need.

Information for Parishes, Missions, and Heating Assistance Volunteers

Thank you for your partnership in the DHAP program. This program could not successfully serve our Diocese without your support. Please contact CCDOK via e-mail at info@ccdok.org or via phone at 269-381-9800 if you have any questions or need any assistance.

An information packet is mailed to all volunteers, parishes, and missions in December with originals of all documents, related procedures, and contact information to support you in your work. If you do not receive this packet, please contact CCDOK and another will be sent to you. If you would prefer to receive any of the forms electronically (via e-mail) contact Kerry Williams using the e-mail or phone above. In your e-mail, please specify which forms you would like. Thank you for the work you do to help keep southwest Michigan warm this winter!