SNAP appointments full; more to be scheduled starting Jan. 28 | News
SNAP's early wave of energy assistance appointments have all been filled. But the group recently announced that its next round of appointments begin January 28 at 8:30 a.m.
The group suggests signing up as early as possible on that day because appointments fill in “5 to 7 business days.” SNAP expects to make 6,700 appointments through March.
Spokane County residents have a couple options in scheduling an appointment: They can schedule online at snapwa.org, which is the preferred method, but the group stresses that you must complete the process and that you do not have an appointment until you see the confirmation page. Or residents can call (509) 242-2376 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
According to SNAP, people may have to wait up to 8 weeks for their appointment.
To qualify for an energy grant, residents must be in Spokane County, “be at or below 125% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.” And they must also “prove they are responsible for paying the heat bill; or that heat is included in their rent.” Also, applicants will be asked several questions during appointment scheduling to determine if they are eligible.
If one is eligible for a grant, SNAP says that most of the money will go directly to the heat provider – for example, Avista, Inland Power, etc.
“If the grant is larger than the amount due, monies stay in that household's account and serve as a credit for future energy bills,” SNAP said in a written release.
Tricia Ovnicek of SNAP said that as of Dec. 28, 2012, SNAP has seen 3,764 households for Energy Assistance Grants, and that they have also processed 205 cords of emergency wood, 249 senior energy grants and 1,119 emergency grants since the opening of “Energy Season.”