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HEAP Summer Crisis Program ready to assist starting Friday

MARIETTA — The Ohio Department of Development and Buckeye Hills Regional Council 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 Friday to Sept. 30.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member 60 and older who can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s 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.

Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program who meet the above criteria may be eligible for assistance toward their default PIPP payment, first PIPP payment, central air conditioning repairs, or may receive an air conditioning unit or fan.

To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment with their county’s Community Action Agency:

* Hocking, Athens, and Perry county residents: HAP Community Action — (740) 868-1908

* Monroe and Noble county residents: GMN Tri-County Community Action — (740) 955-8001

* Washington and Morgan county residents: Washington-Morgan Community Action — (740) 370-1328

* Meigs County residents: Gallia-Meigs Community Action — (740) 444-4371

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 60.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program and what is needed to apply, contact Buckeye Hills Regional Council at 1-800-331-2644. To be connected to a local Energy Assistance provider go to www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or call (800) 282-0880.

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