Heating assistance ending soon

Staff report

The Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission continues to offer help with heating assistance.

The Home Energy Assistance Program provides a one-time credit to a main heating source. Applications will be accepted until March 31. Online applications are also available by visiting energyhelp.ohio.gov and setting up an account.

The Winter Crisis Program provides assistance to customers that are threatened with disconnection, have already been disconnected, need to establish new service or are in need of propane, fuel oil or any other bulk fuel. For utilities that are in disconnect status (regulated utility company), a hold can be placed on the account until the time of appointment, but is limited to one hold per program year and cannot be extended. No-show appointments may result in utilities being shut off.

The Winter Crisis Program also continues until March 31.

Income guidelines for both programs mentioned is at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.

Required documentation for all household members includes: the past 30 days or 12 months of income, social security cards, birthdates, electric bill, gas bill, and proof of disability (if applicable). If the household pays medical, dental, or vision premiums, or child support, bring proof of these payments.

To schedule an appointment for heating assistance, call the toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-844-493-1193 or visit www.nocac.org to schedule online.

Staff report