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HEAP Summer Crisis Program Begins

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Partnership Helps Ohioans Beat the Heat

HEAP Summer Crisis Program Begins 

The Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8 and Ohio Development Services Agency 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 until August 31, 2016.

“Working with The Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8, we want to reduce the risk of heat related illness during July and August. These two months can be extremely hot in Ohio and that can take a toll on older Ohioans and Ohioans with breathing conditions,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly 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, which affects more than 850,000 Ohioans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

“Contact The Area Agency on Aging 8 for more details on this and other programs that may assist seniors or those with disabilities,” said AAA8 Director Debra Huff, MSW, LSW.

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 assistance is applied to their utility bill or applied to central air conditioning repair costs. 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 $42,525.

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 The Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging 8 to identify other opportunities for assistance.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program locally, contact 1-800-331-2644 or visit www.areaagency8.org Additional information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling the toll-free at (800) 282-0880.


 

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