Help Available to Beat the Heat

The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program runs from July 1 until August 31, 2016 and provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. Eligible customers may also receive a portable air conditioner or fan.

The program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can 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. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $42,525.

To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment with their local Energy Assistance Provider. Customers need to bring:

  • A copy of their most recent energy bill.
  • A list of all household members and proof of income for the last 90 days for each member.
  • Proof of citizenship or legal resident.
  • 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).

Eligible households can receive up to $300 if they are a customer of a regulated utility, or $500 if they are a customer of unregulated utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. The benefit can be a combination of a portable air conditioner, fan and/or utility assistance. Utility assistance is applied to a customer’s utility bill or applied to central air conditioning repair costs.

Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program but are encouraged to work with CAW/M to identify other opportunities for assistance.