The Ohio Development Services Agency wants to remind Ohioans that assistance is available to help with their home energy bills, but the deadline of March 31st is approaching quickly. The Home Energy Assistance Program (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. This is not an emergency program. Customers who are threatened with disconnection, or have been disconnected from their utility service, may also be eligible for the HEAP Winter Crisis Program, which started on November 1, 2019.
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 (EAP). 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 January 1st. If you need immediate assistance with your energy bills, please contact your local EAP. A list of providers can be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.
Applications for both programs must be received by March 31, 2020. For more information on HEAP, visit energyhelpohio.gov or call
(800) 282-0880. Hearing impaired customers can dial 711 for assistance.