Assistance with HEAP applications


A HEAP Outreach Case Aide will be available to assist with completing HEAP applications. People wanting help with their application must bring Social Security cards for all household members, proof of income for the past 90 days, primary heating bill, and electric bill.

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Assistance (OCA). It helps eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. A household whose total income is at or below 175 percent of the 2015-2016 federal poverty guidelines may be eligible. Guidelines are listed below:

1 person ……………………………………………………. $20,597.50

2 persons ………………………………………………….. $27,877.50

3 persons ………………………………………………….. $35,157.50

4 persons ………………………………………………….. $42,437.50

5 persons…………………………………………………… $49,717.50

For households with more than five members, add $7,280 for each individual.

PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) Plus helps Ohioans manage their energy costs year round to avoid disconnection. It allows participants to pay a percentage of their gross income toward their utility bills instead of the total amount of current charges. PIPP is only available through AEP and Columbia Gas.

The Winter Crisis Program (WCP), a form of emergency HEAP, helps income eligible Ohioans that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 10 day supply of bulk fuel (propane, fuel oil, kerosene, wood or coal) maintain their utility service. This program runs from Nov. 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016.

Home visits are available for shut-ins that are elderly or disabled. Contact Paula Talbert at 740-354-7541 to schedule a home visit.

The following outreach events have been scheduled:

Crabtree’s Market, 12225 State Route 348, Lucasville on Dec. 4 from 1-3 p.m.

Minford IGA, 8348 State Route 335, Minford on Dec. 11 from 1-3 p.m.

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