Home Energy Summer Crisis Program Accepting Applicants Through September 30

Ross County Community Action is reminding income-eligible residents that there's still time to apply for this year's Home Energy Summer Crisis Program.

The Ohio Development Services Agency and Ross County Community Action will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioan’s assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying for central air-cooling repairs. The 2021 program began on July 1st and continues through September 30th.

To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with Ross County Community Action. Appointments can be scheduled by calling. 740-702-7222.

Clients need to bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:

· Copies of their most recent energy bills.

· A list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for each member.

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

· Proof of disability (if applicable)

· Physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there is not a household member over the age of 60).

· Statement documenting that someone in the household had COVID-19.

Last year more than 816 families in Ross County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program.

The Summer Crisis Program Assists low-income households with an older household member (60 years or older), that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, are trying to establish new service on their electric bill, or require air conditioning. Conditions can include such things as lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or asthma.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program, contact Ross County Community Action, Kristi Smith at 740-702-7222 ext.124. To be connected to your local Energy Assistance provider call (800)282-0880 (hearing impaired clients may dial 711 for assistance) or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

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