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Helping Seniors Stay Warm this Winter

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

As temperatures begin to fall, the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) and the Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) want to remind Ohioans that heating assistance is available to eligible households through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Starting November 1 until March 31, 2014, the HEAP Winter Crisis Program will provide assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel.

“Ohio winters can be extremely cold. Along with the Area Agency on Aging, we are working to ensure that Ohioans can heat their homes and stay warm this winter,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

In 2012, more than 148,000 Ohioans were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Program Winter Crisis Program.

Qualifying for HEAP is dependent upon the size of the household and the total gross household income for either the past three or 12 months. For the Winter Crisis Program the gross income of eligible households must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $41,212.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local Community Action Agency -

- Washington-Morgan Community Action at (740) 373-3745;
- GMN Tri-County Community Action (Monroe/Noble) at (740) 732-2388 and
- Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) at (740) 767-4500.

Ohioans also can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial (800) 686-1557 for assistance) or visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htm for more information about the Home Energy Assistance Program Winter Crisis Program.

For more information about energy assistance programs, call (800) 282-0880 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

 

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