The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program designed to help eligible Ohioans stay cool during the summer months.
The Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohio residents assistance paying an electric bill or assistance for central air conditioning repairs. Eligible applicants may qualify for a window air conditioner unit or box fans. The program will run until September 30, 2021.
Geauga County residents may apply for the Summer Crisis Program through Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon. Application for assistance is through a telephone interview by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 440-285-1299.
To qualify for the Summer Crisis Program household gross income must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with a member 60 or older, a household member with a physician documented medical condition such as lung disease, COPD, or asthma, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, households with an electric shut off notice or services that have been shut off, have a PIPP default, wish to enroll in PIPP, or are establishing new electric service.
Individuals interested in receiving Summer Crisis assistance must provide the following items to complete the eligibility determination:
-proof of income
-copies of their most recent energy bills
-list of all household members with social security numbers and birth dates
-proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members
Applicants for the Summer Crisis Program will also have a Regular HEAP application completed for the upcoming winter heating season.
For additional information on applying for HEAP, or to set a telephone appointment to apply for the Winter Crisis Program, contact Geauga County Job and Family Services, at 4402851299. Additional information may be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.