Help still available to pay utility bills


GALION — The Summer Crisis Program run by Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission runs through Aug. 31. The program can help with utility bill payments and other associated fees.

To be eligible for assistance, total household income must be at or below 175 percent of the 2017 Federal Poverty guidelines. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • If you are younger than 60 and a non-PIPP Plus customer and need a one-time payment toward your current electric bill, or an air conditioning unit or fan: you must present a medical statement from a physician that states it will benefit a current household member’s medical condition. However, if you have received an air conditioner or fan in 2014, 2015, or 2016 through HEAP, you are not eligible to receive another unit or fan.
  • If you are older than 60 and a non-PIPP Plus customer and need a one-time payment toward your current electric bill, a doctor’s notice stating that a medical need exists for electric utility assistance is not required. Additionally, if you need an air conditioning unit or fan, a medical notice is NOT required. However, if you have received an air conditioner or fan in 2014, 2015, or 2016 through HEAP, you are NOT eligible to receive another unit or fan.
  • Customers currently enrolled in PIPP Plus are not be eligible for a monetary payment toward their electric bill this year. However, you may receive an air conditioning unit or fan if you have not received one in 2014, 2015 or 2016, and are medically or age eligible.

These items must be provided at the time of application: Both main heating and electric bills; past 13 weeks of income for all household members; social security numbers for all household members; proof of disability and physician’s documentation if needed.

To schedule an appointment, call 866-861-6421.

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