Summer Crisis Program Starts July 1
Application Deadline: September 30, 2022
what is the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)?
The Ohio Department of Development and Area Agency on Aging 3 will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs from July 1, 2022, until September 30, 2022.
To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with Area Agency on Aging 3. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 567-940-9744.
who is eligible for heap?
Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program.
For households with more than eight (8) members, add $7,945 or each additional member.
A household applying for HEAP must report total gross household income for the past 30 days (12 months preferred) for all members, except wage or salary income earned by dependent minors under 18 years old. Both homeowners and renters are eligible for assistance.
HOW DO I APPLY?
The Area Agency on Aging 3 can help walk you through the application process. You will need:
Clients need to bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:
Copies of their most recent energy bills;
A list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for each member;
Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members;
Proof of disability (if applicable);
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).
The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member (60 years or older), that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health, have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, are trying to establish new service on their electric bill, or require air conditioning. Conditions can include such things as lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or asthma.
Also, Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP) who meet the above criteria may be eligible for assistance towards their default PIPP payment, first PIPP payment, central air conditioning repairs, or may receive an air conditioning unit and/or fan.
For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program and what is needed to apply, contact Shannon Hadding, Benefit Enrollment Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 567-940-9744. To be connected to your local Energy Assistance provider visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or call (800) 282-0880.