Energy bill assistance still available

Staff report

The Ohio Development Services Agency and Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission remind Ohioans 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. And Ohioans who are threatened with disconnection, or have been disconnected from their utility service, may also be eligible for the HEAP Winter Crisis Program, which started Nov. 1. Ohioans can visit 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 including birth dates and Social Security numbers; proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members – 12 months for certain income types; proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members; and proof of disability; if applicable.

HEAP benefits are applied to an individual’s energy bill after Jan. 1. Those needing immediate assistance with energy bills should contact their local energy assistance provider. A list of providers can be found at

Applications for the HEAP Winter Crisis program must be received by March 31.. The last day to apply for the regular HEAP benefit is May 31. For more information on the programs, visit or to schedule an appointment, call the toll-free 24-hour hotline at 419-219-4641 or visit to schedule online.

Staff report