Ohioans who Struggle to Heat their Homes this Winter Can Get Help

October 9, 2020

Ohio has several energy assistance programs to assist low income Ohioans with paying their utility bills.  Read more about different programs below and how to apply,

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program to help low-income Ohioans by providing a one-time benefit annually to the consumer’s primary heating source account. For example, if you heat your home with a gas furnace, a credit will be provided to your gas bill. To receive this benefit, the applicant must be at or below 175% of the poverty level.

The Percentage of Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) is a year-round extended payment arrangement that provides assistance with both electric and heating fuel bills. Persons at 150% of the poverty level who heat with gas pay only 6% of their gross monthly household income to their gas company and 6% to their electric company to the utility companies each month to maintain service. If they heat with electricity, they pay 10% of their monthly household income.

To apply for HEAP and PIPP Plus, complete the Energy Assistance Programs Application 2020-2021. Click here to access the online application (click on “Energy Assistance Applications” on the left side of the page) or visit your local energy assistance program provider in person (see link at bottom).

The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) provides a one-time benefit annually to your primary heating source account. The benefit can be used by eligible households that are disconnected (or have a pending disconnection notice), need to establish new services or pay to transfer service, or have 25% (or less) of bulk fuel. The program can also assist with fuel tank placement, furnace repair, and can provide funds for the purchase of electric heaters. Visit your local energy assistance program provider to apply in person for the WCP. 

Click here for a list of energy assistance program providers in our region.

Click here for more information.

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