July and August can be two of the hottest months of the year in Ohio, especially for those without air conditioning or a fan. To help low-income Ohioans beat the heat, the Ohio Development Services Agency and local community action agencies across the state are accepting applications for the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program.
The program helps Ohioans at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level purchase an air conditioner or fan, and/or assist in the payment of an electric bill, helping them keep cool during the hot summer days.
To be eligible Ohioans must be at or below 175 percent of poverty, and have either an elderly member of the household (60 years or older), or 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.
This year, the program will also provide assistance to customers of unregulated utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Customers of the unregulated utilities are eligible if they have a disconnection notice and have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
For more information about the Summer Crisis Program call 800-282-0880 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.