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HEAP Summer Crisis Program Starts July 1

  Posted on July 1, 2020

Beginning July 1, the Ohio Development Services Agency and Ohio District 5 Area Agency on
Aging will help income-eligible Ohioans maintain their utility service through the Home Energy
Assistance Summer Crisis Program. The program helps eligible Ohioans pay an electric bill,
purchase an air conditioning unit or fan, or pay for central air conditioning repairs. This year, the
program will run from July 1 until September 30, 2020.


“This year, we’ve extended the length of the program and expanded eligibility requirements so we
can help more Ohioans during this health crisis,” Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Development
Services Agency said. “We’re working with the Area Agency on Aging every day to help Ohioans
in need.”


The Summer Crisis 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. Examples of conditions can include lung disease,
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, asthma, etc. This year, households that were diagnosed
with COVID-19 in 2020, have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, or are trying to establish
new service on their electric bill are also eligible for assistance.


To find out more about the 2020 Summer Crisis Program call, 419-524-4144.


Eligible households can receive up to $500 if they are a customer of a regulated utility, or $800 if
they are a customer of unregulated utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities.
The assistance is applied to their utility bill, or to purchase an air conditioning unit or fan, or pay
for central air conditioning repairs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175% of the
federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. For a family of four the annual income must be
at or below $45,850.00.


Also new this year, 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 locally and what is needed
to apply, contact Area Agency on Aging at 419-524-4144. Additional information can also be
found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling (800) 282-0880.