July 3, 2019 – Ohio’s Northwestern Community Action Commission and Development Services Agency is now helping income-eligible Ohioans with summer crisis assistance as of July 1. The program offers assistance in paying electric bills as well as assisting in air conditioning system repairs. Ohio assisted more than 879 households with LIHEAP summer crisis assistance last year. The crisis program ends August 31.
Applicants in Ohio are required to provide the following documentation in order to complete an application: proof of residency and citizenship for each household member, proof of income for all household members for the last 30 days or 12 months, copies of recent utility bills and proof of disability, if applicable.
The Ohio summer crisis program assists low-income households with vulnerable members, including elderly members over 60 years-of-age, as well as households that can provide documentation from a physician, distinguishing a household member is in need of cooling assistance for their health. Qualifying health conditions for Ohio’s program includes: asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and lung disease.
If an Ohio household is receiving the Percentage of Payment Income Payment Plan (PIPP), they are not eligible for the summer crisis assistance program benefits.
Documentation requirements for applicants varies from state to state, to learn about what is required in your state, visit the LIHEAP Clearinghouse website.
Source: media reports