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Home Energy Assistance Program

Home Energy Assistance:

Ohio's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Ohio's Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP) are an integral part of the social safety net for Ohio's older citizens. Many older adults with limited incomes rely on this assistance, and would not be able to get through the winter without it. This frail population is extremely vulnerable to temperature extremes; they are the first to succumb to respiratory illnesses and other ills due to freezing temperatures or deadly heat. For them, a lack of resources is a health issue as well as a financial one.

The number of eligible households applying for home energy assistance in Ohio has grown dramatically in the last four years and demand is expected to increase again this year. Social Security Numbers will be required for all household members, regardless of age. The Energy Assistance Application requests documentation of citizenship or resident alien status for all household members, but it will only be required for the primary applicant. Consumers also need to include proof of income for the past12 months and provide a copy of a recent fuel or utility bill. 

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Who is eligible for HEAP?

Applicants for HEAP must be at or below 175 percent of the Fiscal Year 2016 federal poverty guidelines listed below. Applications for the 2016–2017 Regular HEAP program will be accepted through June 30, 2017.

Size of Household
1 $20,790.00
2 $28,035.00
3 $35,280.00
4 $42,525.00
5 $49,770.00
6 $57,015.00
7 $64,277.00
8 $71,557.00

For households with more than eight members, add $6,240 for each individual.

A household applying for HEAP must report total gross household income for the past 12 months for all members, except wage or salary income earned by dependent minors under 18 years old. Both homeowners and renters are eligible for assistance.



Summer Crisis Program

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible Ohioans meet the cost of summer cooling.

The Summer Crisis Program assists households with at least one member age 60 or older, or one member with a documented medical condition that would benefit from continued electric service. Eligible households can receive assistance in the payment of an electric bill. At the discretion of each local energy provider, a Summer Crisis Program benefit may also include provision of air conditioners or fans to assist with indoor air quality and comfort. The maximum benefit for 2016 is $300 for customers of regulated utilities and $500 for un-regulated utilities (Municipal or co-operatives).

Current PIPP Plus customers of PIPP Plus customers in default are not eligible for a Summer Crisis program monetary benefit.

AAA8 region Residents may apply for the Summer Crisis Program at area Community Action organizations from July 1- August 31. Eligibility for assistance is based on the emergency criteria and income guidelines. A household whose total income is at or below 175% of the current Federal Poverty Level guideline may be eligible.  Household income is defined as the total gross annual income before taxes (minus exclusions) of all household members, except earned income of dependent minors under 18 years of age. 

Applicants will need to provide primary electric and heating bills, regardless of account status, physician documentation of medical condition (if needed) and social security numbers for all household members along with income documentation.

Application must be made in person. For additional information or an application, call AAA8 at 1-800-331-2644.
To enroll, contact your local Community Action Program:

Athens, Hocking & Perry: HAPCAP at 1-800-686-1093
Meigs: Gallia-Meigs CAP at 1-800-282-0880

Monroe & Noble: GMN (740) 732-2388 or 740-472-0828
Washington & Morgan:
Washington-Morgan CAP (740) 373-3745

Learn More: Ohio Development Services Agency Web Site

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