The Ohio Department of Development and Council on Aging 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-Sept. 30, 2023.
To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with their energy assistance provider (EAP). Appointments can be scheduled by calling the appropriate assistance provider on this list (or see below for those in southwestern Ohio).
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 U.S. 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).
Council on Aging staff is available to help individuals and providers in the community by:
- providing information regarding available energy assistance programs,
- helping those applying for HEAP to understand the application process,
- connecting applicants with their county EAP for appointments, and
- assisting individuals with obtaining applications through online navigation, mailings and in-person assistance.
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 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 $52,500.
Also, Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP) program 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 and what is needed to apply, individuals may contact the appropriate Energy Assistance Provider in their county (see list below). To be connected to your local Energy Assistance provider visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or call (800) 282-0880.
- Butler County
- Supports to Encourage Low Income Families: (513) 868-9300
- Clermont County
- Clermont County Community Services, Inc.: (513) 732-2277
- Clinton County
- Clinton County Community Action Program: (937) 382-1234
- Hamilton County
- Cincinnati/Hamilton County Community Action Agency: (513) 685-4478
- Warren County
- Warren County Community Services, Inc.: (513) 970-6737