The Ohio Department of Development and Geauga County Job and Family Services want to remind Geauga County Residents that assistance is available to help with their home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps Ohioans at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines pay their heating bills. Ohioans who are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected from their utility service, transferring service, establishing new services, at or below 25% bulk fuel may be eligible for the HEAP Winter Crisis Program which runs through March 31, 2023.
Geauga County Residents may apply for the Winter Crisis Program through Geauga County Job and Family Services by calling 440-285-1299. Application for the Winter Crisis Program is by telephone interview only, appointments are currently being scheduled. Ohioans can visit energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online, download a copy of the application, or find contact information for a local Energy Assistance Provider. Individuals will need to have copies of the following documents to include with their application:
Most recent Utility bills
A list of all household members, birthdates, and Social Security numbers
Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members
Proof of 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 1 st . If you need immediate assistance with your energy bills please contact Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12611 Ravenwood Drive, Suite 150, Chardon at 440-285-9141.