Utility Bill Assistance



Help in Ohio

Another assistance program has been created by Columbia. A $2.1 million emergency energy bill assistance fund has been established by Columbia Gas to help customers and families in Ohio who are having difficulty paying their heating and utility bills but do not qualify for aid from current programs because of income requirements and limits for existing energy assistance programs.

Heating and utility bill assistance is available to those households that are earning even substantially more than the federal poverty guideline, so this program should help many people in need. Columbia Gas is committed to providing as much needed aid to struggling families in Ohio that it can, and be sure to take advantage of these funds and grants while they are still available.

As indicated, the program is really focused on people who have no other options available to them, so this is considered a grant of last resort. It can also assist people who have exhauster all other assistance programs available, such as LIHEAP. One of the major benefits of the program as well is that the income limits and criteria are not as strict as it is for other federal government and state of Ohio assistance programs. So therefore more people can get help.

Unfortunately only a limited number of people will be able to qualify, as funding is limited. It is always strongly recommended that people apply early and often. Even if or when funding runs out, Columbia of Ohio may be able to refer people to other financial assistance programs. Click here to find an extensive listing of other options and services that are available.

To learn more about this emergency grant, or other resources, dial (800) 344-4077. Be sure to dial for help before you receive a disconnection notice, as by the that point it is usually too late.


By: Jon McNamara



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