The Home Energy Assistance Program is a resource that is provided by the Ohio Department of Development's Office. While it is paid for by the federal government, cash grants are distributed to low income Ohio residents. An emphasis is placed on families with children, seniors and the elderly. Funds can assist them with paying their utility bills. You need to apply at a local community action agency, or the main HEAP number, per below.
If you are found to be qualified for utility bill assistance, the amount of your one-time HEAP cash benefit from the program will depend on the federal government funding levels, your total household income, as well as how many people live with you. The primary type of fuel you use to heat your home will also be considered. Normally a credit will be placed directly on your monthly utility bill. That is how the program will help assist most Ohio recipients of the program.
Many families in Ohio can also qualify for emergency aid. One of the resources offered that is part of HEAP is the Ohio Winter Crisis Program. This service, or WCP, is administered by the local community action agencies or social service offices.
In a typical year anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 families in Ohio receive energy bill assistance and cash grants from HEAP. Or they may qualify for the Emergency Winter Crisis Program. Households that are threatened with disconnection, currently disconnected, or have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel or 10-day supply in their tank may qualify.
At the same time an individual benefits from utility bill assistance, most families will be required to sign up for the state’s Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) or some other payment plan with their utility provider. The Winter Crisis Program in Ohio can also help pay for heating system repairs or replacement in certain cases.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can also assist with paying summer cooling and air conditioning bills. This program applies to electric utilities only and runs from June to July. This summer time cooling bill program is also run by local agencies.
Any cash assistance and grants paid during the summer will be in the form of a one-time cash payment, and it will be at most $250. The benefit must be used to pay for a fan or air conditioning unit, or it will need to allow the continuation of utility service for 30 days. Also you do not have to be enrolled in the state of Ohio PIPP Plus program to be eligible for the Summer Crisis Program.
The summer HEAP program is offered even if the applicant does not have a disconnection notice, however they do need to have a member of their household who is 60 years of age or older or with a documented medical need. If the community action agency is providing air conditioners or fans as a benefit, then there will be a strict limit one air conditioning unit per household. The summer cooling program may also accept applicants who have a gross annual income at or below 200 percent of the federal government poverty level.
HEAP application sites
Feel free to dial the HEAP toll-free at (800) 282-0880, or stop by/call a local community action agency in your town, and they are listed below.
Adams-Brown Counties Economic Opportunities, Inc.
406 West Plum St.
Georgetown, OH 45121
Telephone number is (937) 378-6041
Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
55 E. Mill Street
Akron, OH 44309-2000
Ashtabula County Community Action Agency
2009 W Prospect Road
Ashtabula, OH 44004
Dial (440) 997-1721
Supports counties of Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
1740 Langdon Farm Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237-3817
Clermont County Community Services, Inc.
3003 Hospital Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Clinton County Community Action Program, Inc.
789 N. Nelson Avenue
Wilmington, OH 45177
Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, Inc.
7880 Lincole Place
Lisbon, OH 44432-8322
Community Action Commission of Belmont County
153 1/2 West Main Street
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
Main number is (740) 695-0293
Community Action Commission of Erie, Huron & Richland Counties, Inc.
908 Seavers Way
Sandusky, OH 44870
Community Action Commission of Fayette County
1400 US Route 22 NW
Washington C.H., OH 43160
Main number (740) 335-7282
Community Action Committee of Pike County, Inc.
941 Market Street
Piketon, OH 45661
Counties : Pike
Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc.
1036 W. Main St.
Ravenna, OH 44266
Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison & Union Counties
648 Clymer Road, Suite 130
Marysville, OH 43040
Community Action Organization of Scioto County
433 Third Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662
Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area
719 S. Main Street
Dayton, OH 45402-2709
Offers HEAP in Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties.
Community Action Wayne/Medina
2375B Benden Drive
Wooster, OH 44691
Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC)
1228 Euclid Avenue, Suite 700
Cleveland, OH 44115
Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo, Inc. (EOPA)
505 Hamilton Street
Toledo, OH 43604
Gallia Meigs Community Action Agency
8010 North State, Route 7
Cheshire, OH 45620
Geauga Community Action, Inc.
12480 Ravenwood Drive
Chardon, OH 44024
GMN Tri-County Community Action Council, Inc.
615 North St.
Caldwell, OH 43724
Counties supported include Guernsey, Monroe, Noble
HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization
220 Grant Street
Dennison, OH 44621
Carroll, Harrison, Tuscarawas
HHWP Community Action Commission
122 Jefferson Street
Findlay, OH 45839
Counties include Hancock, Hardin, Putnam, Wyandot
Highland County Community Action Organization, Inc.
1487 N. High St.
Hillsboro, OH 45133-0838
Hocking.Athens.Perry Community Action
3 Cardaras Drive
Glouster, OH 45732-0220
IMPACT Community Action
700 Bryden Road
Columbus, OH 43215
Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization
305 N. 5th Street
Ironton, OH 45638
Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Inc.
118 South New York Avenue
Wellston, OH 45692
Jefferson County Community Action Council, Inc.
114 N. 4th Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission
120 N. 4th Street
Dial 740) 622-9801
Lancaster-Fairfield Community Action Program
1743 E. Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
LEADS Community Action Agency
159 Wilson Street
Newark, OH 43055
Lifeline for the Empowerment and Development of Consumers Inc.
85 North Park Place
Painesville, OH 44077
Lima/Allen Council on Community Affairs
540 S. Central Avenue
Lima, OH 45804
Phone (419) 227-2586
Lorain County Community Action Agency, Inc.
Lorain, OH 44052-0245
Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership
101 E. Federal Plaza East, Suite 200
Youngstown, OH 44503-1846
Miami County Community Action Council
1695 Troy-Sidney Rd.
Troy, OH 45373
Muskingum Economic Opportunity Action Group, Inc.
828 Lee Street
Zanesville, OH 43701
Telephone:(740) 453-1692 x 101
Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission
1933 E. Second Street
Defiance, OH 43512
Residents of the Ohio counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Williams, Van Wert can call for assistance.
Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission
372 E Center Street
Marion, OH 43301
Counties: Marion, Crawford
OIC of Clark County
10 S. Yellow Springs Street
Springfield, OH 45506
Pickaway County Community Action Organization, Inc.
469 East Ohio Street
Circleville, OH 43113-0067
Dial (740) 477-1655
Ross County Community Action Commission, Inc.
603 Central Center
Chillicothe, OH 45601
SELF (Supports to Encourage Low-income Families)
1790 S. Erie Hwy., Suite A-C
Hamilton, OH 45011
SOURCES Community Network Services
500 W. Wayne Street
Celina, OH 45822-
Auglaize and Mercer County
Stark County Community Action Agency
1366 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH 44714-2606
The Community Action Program Corporation of Washington-Morgan Counties, Ohio
218 Putnam Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Tri-County Community Action Commission of CLS
315 W. Auburn Avenue
Bellefontaine, OH 43311
Champaign, Logan, Shelby County
Trumbull Community Action Program
1230 Palmyra Rd., S.W.
Warren, OH 44485-
WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc.
109 S. Front Street
Fremont, OH 43420
Counties are Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, Seneca