The Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, helps Ohioans at or below 175 percent 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 energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online, download a copy of the application, or find contact information for a local energy assistance provider.
HEAP benefits are applied to an energy bill after January 1st. Applications for the HEAP program must be received by May 31st, 2021.
HEAP is not an emergency program. The HEAP Winter Crisis Program can help low-income households that have been disconnected or have a pending disconnection notice, need to establish new service, need to pay to transfer service, have 25 percent or less of bulk fuel supply remaining, or have a household member who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020.