The Ohio Development Services Agency and Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs, or paying for one window air conditioner. The program runs from July 1 through September 30.
The Summer Crisis Program will help to alleviate COVID 19’s impact by helping households that are at or below 175% of federal poverty guidelines (e.g. $45,062.50/household of four) that have disconnect notices for their electric bills. In addition, applicants with household members over the age of 60, or who have documented medical conditions that require air conditioning can also be served, no disconnect required. The program serves residents of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties.
In order to receive these benefits, appointments must be scheduled by calling GLCAP’s new scheduling hotline at 567-432-5046 or by visiting www.glcap.org/summercooling. Clients must send in copies of the following documents following their phone intake before payments or benefits will be received:
- Copies of their most recent energy bills;
- A list of all household members with their birth dates and social security numbers;
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members;
- Proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for all adult household members;
- Physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60).
Last year more than 500 families in GLCAP’s four-county region were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program.
To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with GLCAP at 567-432-5046 or by visiting www.glcap.org/summercooling.