Do you need help with cooling costs?

You may be eligible for the Summer Crisis Program, which begins July 1. This program helps low-income elderly households, as well as those with qualifying medical conditions, such as lung disease, COPD, or asthma.

Eligible households can receive up to $300 if a customer of a regulated utility, or $500 if unregulated, such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. Assistance is applied to the bill or to central air-conditioning repair costs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify.

Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP-Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance, but are encouraged to work with Bridges Community Action Partnership to identify other opportunities for assistance.

For more information about the Summer Crisis Program, or to submit an application, call Bridges Community Action Partnership at 740-369-3184. Additional information also can be found at energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling 800-282-0880.

Customers should bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:

  • Case number from the Department of Job and Family Services.
  • Copies of their most recent energy bills.
  • A list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days and 12 months for each member.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all 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.
  • Disconnect notice for gas and/or electric.
  • Renters should bring the name, address, and phone number of the landlord.

For more information about energy-assistance programs, call 800-282-0880, Monday through Friday.