Heating cost assistance available


Tri-County Community Action can help area residents apply for the Home Energy Assistance program, which is available to help low income Ohioans who are at or below 175 percent of the poverty level meet their heating costs.

This service is available to residents who are 60 years or older and/or have a disability. Assistance with applications will be available through Feb. 28.

HEAP is a one-time benefit that is applied to the client's energy bill by the utility company. It is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development's office of Community Assistance.

The amount of the benefit will depend on federal funding levels, how many people live in your household, total household income and the primary fuel used to heat the home.

Applicants must take to their appointment: household income for the past 13 weeks, photo identification and Social Security cards, utility bills, and proof of disability if disabled.

If your income is zero, you must have proof that explains how you maintain your household. If a family or friend provides financial assistance, a written letter from the individual must be submitted.

To schedule an appointment, contact Tri-County Community Action at 593-0034. In-home appointments are available for homebound residents.