HomeLocal NewsHeating Assistance AvailableHeating Assistance AvailableMon, October 2, 2023 by April KingSHARE NOW The Ohio Department of Development and Bridges Community Action Partnership wants to remind senior citizens in Ohio that assistance is available to help with their home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps Ohioans at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines pay their heating bills.Applied directly to the customer’s utility or bulk fuel bill, the benefit can help manage heating costs. Senior citizens may go to their local area agency on aging office for help with assembling the required documents and completing their application. Senior citizens may also visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online or to download a copy of the application.When applying, individuals need to have copies of the following documents :Most recent utility billsA list of all household members including birthdays and social security numbersProof of income for the last 30 days for all household membersProof of US citizenship or legal resident agency for all household membersProof of disabilityHEAP benefits are applied to an individual’s energy bill after January 1st. Applications for the HEAP program must be received by May 31, 2024. For more information or assistance with applying for a HEAP benefit, contact Bridges Community Partnership, Marcie Barhorst, at 937- 404-9203. To be connected to your local energy assistance provider, call 1-800-282-0880 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.