Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program Offered

The Ohio Department of Development and Bridges Community Action Partnership 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 through September 30, 2023.
To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with Bridges Community Action Partnership. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (937) 404-9203.
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 US 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

Last year, more than 1,058 families in Champaign, Delaware, Logan, Madison, Shelby, and Union counties were assisted through the home energy assistance Summer crisis program.

“The home energy assistance program remains a vital program within the Bridges Community Action Partnership” affirmed Andrew buying eager, executive director. “We recognize that some of our customers face challenges and maintaining their utility services due to limited financial resources. HEAPS principal objective is to provide essential support by addressing payment difficulties experienced by low-income customers, thereby generating positive financial outcomes based on affordability concerns.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member, 60 years or older, who can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for their 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.

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 air conditioning units or fans, or papers. 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 $52,500.

Also, Ohioans and Road in the percentage of income payment plan Plus program who made the above criteria may be eligible for assistance toward their default PIP payment, first PIP 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 Bridges Community Action Marcie Barhorst at (937) 404-9203. To be connected to your local energy assistance provider visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or call (800)282-0880.