HEAP helps pay winter heating bills

HEAP helps pay winter heating bills

The Ohio Department of Development and HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization Inc. want to remind Ohioans assistance is available to help with home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program helps Ohioans at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines pay their heating bills.

Applied directly to the customer’s utility or bulk fuel bill, the benefit can help manage heating costs. Ohioans can visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online, download a copy of the application or find contact information for a local energy-assistance provider. When applying, individuals need to have copies of the following documents:

—Most recent utility bills.

—A list of all household members including birth dates and Social Security numbers.

—Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members (12 months for certain income types).

—Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members.

—Proof of disability if applicable.

HEAP benefits are applied to an individual’s energy bill after Jan. 1. Applications for the HEAP program must be received by May 31.

Call 855-806-9650 to schedule an appointment with your local HARCATUS Community Services office. To be connected to a local energy-assistance provider, call 800-282-0880. Hearing-impaired clients may dial 711 for assistance or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.