Taming summer:


Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program offers ways to beat the heat

By Nikki Blankenship - nblankenship@aimmediamidwest.com



Weather reports indicate that temperatures will reach almost 90-95 degrees in the coming days. CAO of Scioto County and the Ohio Development Services Agency want to remind Ohioans that help is available to stay cool during these hot summer days.

The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program runs from July 1 until August 31, 2017 and provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. Eligible customers may also receive an air conditioner.

The program assists low-income households with an older household member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. This can include lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or asthma. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $43,050.

To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment with CAO of Scioto County, Inc. HEAP Office. Customers need to bring:

  • A copy of their most recent energy bill
  • Social security cards for all household members
  • Proof of income for the last 90 days for each member
  • Proof of citizenship or legal residency, and
  • Physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60).

Eligible households can receive up to $300 if they are a customer of a regulated utility, or $500 if they are a customer of unregulated utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. The benefit can be a combination of an air conditioner and/or utility assistance. Utility assistance is applied to a customer’s utility bill or applied to central air conditioning repair costs.

Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program, but are encouraged to work with CAO of Scioto County to identify other opportunities for assistance.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program locally, contact CAO’s HEAP Office at (740) 354-7541. Additional information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling (800) 282-0880.

Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program offers ways to beat the heat

By Nikki Blankenship

nblankenship@aimmediamidwest.com