Summer Crisis Assistance Helps Low Income Ohio Residents

July 19, 2019 – The Ohio Development Services Agency and Miami Valley Community Action Partnership will assist eligible Ohio residents with crisis assistance this summer. The assistance, provided by the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program, includes electric bill payment assistance and air-conditioning repairs.

“If you are in need of assistance with cooling costs and meet the criteria listed above, please schedule an appointment so we can keep you cooler during these warm summer months,” said Keelie Gustin, director of Energy Assistance Programs at Miami Valley CAP. “We are looking forward to another great Summer Crisis Program in 2019. It is our goal to spend out over $80,000 assisting clients.”

Applicants must provide the following documentation to apply for crisis assistance in Ohio: proof of legal residency or U.S. citizenship for all household members, a list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days or twelve months for each household member, documentation from a physician stating that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there is no household member over the age of 60), copies of the most recent energy bills and proof of disability (if applicable).

Ohio’s Summer Crisis Program in 2018 assisted more than 423 households with one-time monetary benefits and air-conditioning units.

Applicants must apply through the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership.

The Ohio crisis program runs until August 31, 2019.

To learn about cooling programs in your state, visit the LIHEAP Clearinghouse Cooling Programs web page.

Source: media reports