2015 Summer Crisis Program starts July 1

Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission (OHCAC) is announcing the 2015 Summer Crisis Program (2015SCP) which runs July 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015. Benefits MAY include: Up to $250 on regulated utilities and up to $300 on unregulated utilities toward a current electric bill, total amount due, FIRST PIPP Plus enrollment, utility account deposit, transfer of service or disconnect fees. (See program requirements below).

A disconnect notice is NOT required to participate in the 2015 Summer Crisis Program. However, to be eligible for assistance, all households MUST meet the required income guidelines AND the following criteria:

* If you are under the age of 60 years old and a non-PIPP Plus customer and need a one-time payment toward your current electric bill, you MUST present a medical statement form a physician that states it will benefit a current household member’s condition – the diagnosis is not necessary.

* If you are 60 years of age and older 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 cooling assistance is NOT required.

* Due to significant changes from the Ohio Development Services Agency customers who are currently enrolled on PIPP Plus will NOT be eligible for a monetary payment towards their electric bill this year. This new change is effective starting July 1, 2015.

* Due to a significant reduction in funding availability, air conditioning units and fans will NOT be readily available to OHCAC summer crisis customers in Marion, Morrow and Crawford counties.

The following 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 physicians documentation if needed. To make an appointment to come into one of our office’s (Marion, Crawford or Morrow Counties), you must call the automated appointment line at 1-866-861-6421. We typically DO NOT accept Walk-In appointments for the 2015SCP.

Call 1-866-861-6421 for an Appointment. Our offices will be CLOSED on July 3rd & August 5th.