Additional Ohio Heating Bill Assistance Programs
The Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission has recently announced two new options for Ohio residents to receive help with paying winter heat bills. This assistance is in addition to the Emergency Heating Assistance Program.
If you are an American Electric Power customer and your income is too high for Emergency HEAP, you may qualify for the AEP Ohio Crisis Fuel Fund Program. Changes that have just been implemented in the program include any customer may receive heating bill assistance whose income is below 200 percent of Federal Poverty level. As an example of this aid, an Ohio household with one family member can earn up to $20,800, a household of two up to $28,000, a household of three $35,200, a household of four $42,400, for each additional member add $7,200. These are the income scales for this heating bill aid.
If you wish to pursue this, a potential applicants must be an AEP customer, but the applicant no longer needs a disconnect notice to qualify. A one-time benefit and cash grant of up to a maximum of $175 is available. This assistance program has been extended in Ohio and it will operate May 31, or until funds are depleted.
In addition, a new heating bill assistance program has been established to help Columbia Gas customers. This assistance program is targeted to households and customers who are over income for the HEAP program and they must be between 176 percent to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. This heating bill aid program may provide a one-time benefit up to $250 on a customer's Columbia Gas bill and a termination notice is not required to qualify for this assistance either. This aid program operates until funds are depleted.
The Emergency HEAP program will continue to provide assistance to those in need of home heating assistance in Ohio. the Emergency HEAP program is a federally funded program that is managed by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Services. The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to lower income households that are threatened with disconnection from their heating source, or it will help if a homeowner has already had service disconnected.
Households serviced by a PUCO-regulated utility must continue to register for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) or an alternate budget payment plan in order to receive energy bill assistance. Those households utilizing bulk fuel for their heating source must have a 10 day or less supply.