Financial assistance for utility payments remains available now through May 31 via Great Lakes Community Action Partnership’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
HEAP offers eligible households a once-per-year utility or bulk fuel bill credit to lower home utility costs. The program is available for residents of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties who are at or below 175 percent of federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $45,062.50 household income per year/family of four).
“Thousands of Ohioans are helped each year through HEAP, and the program is now even more important for those who are out of work and need assistance with bills,” GLCAP Basic Needs Specialist Joyce McCauley-Benner said. “A utility credit through HEAP lowers household expenses, which means residents can use their earnings for other needs.”
For residents facing a crisis such as a utility disconnect or fuel supply shortage, GLCAP also offers the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP), available now through April 30.
Information on both programs is available at www.glcap.org/heap. Those seeking EHEAP assistance will have an appointment via telephone to speak with a GLCAP representative to complete the application. Appointment scheduling is also available by calling 888-441-4327. HEAP applications may easily be completed online by visiting www.glcap.org/heap and following the links under the Home Energy Assistance Program section.
Likewise, for those experiencing changes in income and who have regulated utilities, GLCAP also provides the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) Plus program, available year-round. Documentation of income for the past 30 days is required. For more information or to apply online, visit www.glcap.org/pipp or call 888-441-4327 to schedule a phone intake.