Summer Crisis Program for energy assistance starts July 1

The Ohio Development Services Agency and Bridges Community Action Partnership will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs from July 1 until Aug. 31.

To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment with Bridges Community Action Partnership, (937) 404-9203.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. Conditions can include lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma.

Ohioans enrolled in Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program, but are encouraged to work with Bridges Community Action Partnership to identify other opportunities for assistance.

For more information about other energy assistance programs call (800) 282-0880 weekdays (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance) or visit