PDT Staff Writer
The state of Ohio has begun its Summer Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to help those eligible households with cooling costs.
“This year we are starting the HEAP Summer Crisis Program early as well as expanding eligibility,” said Christiane Schmenk, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “Assisting Ohioans who are vulnerable to heat stroke or other heat-related problems due to their age or medical condition is an important part of our mission to support Ohio’s communities. This program helps provide a safe and healthy living environment for our most vulnerable citizens during the hot summer days.”
According to the Scioto County Community Action, eligible applicants can receive a one-time payment toward an electric bill and/or a room-size air conditioner with a maximum benefit of up to $250.
Eligibility for the program includes states, households must have an annual income equal to or less than 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Households must also have a member of the household who is at least 60 years old, be able to provide medical documentation or have a disconnect notice of electric.
According to the Ohio Department of Development about 40,000 families were helped by this program in 2011.
Applications for the program are accepted through Aug. 31.
To set up an interview to determine eligibility or for more information, call 740-354-7541.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or email@example.com.