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Aplicacion Combinada para Los Programas de Asistencia para Energia

What is HEAP?

For Additional Information:

Call HEAP toll-free at (800) 282-0880 during regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday.

For the hearing-impaired with a telecommunication device for the deaf (TTD), call toll-free number (800) 686-1557 or in Franklin County, call (614) 752-8808.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. It helps eligible Ohioans pay their home energy bill. The benefit is applied directly to a customer’s utility bill or bulk fuel bill. The amount of the benefit is determined by the number of people in the household, the heating source, and the region of residence.

Who is eligible for HEAP?

Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program. For 2015-2016, the income levels are:

Size of Household
1 up to $20,790
2 up to $28,035
3 up to $35,280
4 up to $42,525
5 up to $49,770
6 up to $57,015
7 up to $64,277
8 up to $71,557

For households with more than eight members, add $7,280 for each individual.

A household applying for HEAP must report total gross household income for the past 12 months for all members, except wage or salary income earned by dependent minors under 18 years old. Both homeowners and renters are eligible for assistance.

To apply you will need to complete the Energy Assistance Program application. For an application in Spanish click here.

Applications can also be found at your local community action agency, local libraries, county departments of Job and Family Services, and Area Agencies on Aging.

A household applying for HEAP must report total gross household income for the past 12 months for all members, except wage or salary income earned by dependent minors under 18 years old. Both homeowners and renters are eligible for assistance.

Families who live in federally subsidized housing where the heat is included in the rent are not eligible for HEAP.

Household income is defined as the total annual gross income before taxes (minus exclusions) of all household members, except earned income of dependent minors under 18 years of age. All income and allowed exclusions must be documented for household members 18 years of age and older regardless of relationship to the primary applicant. Heads of households and spouses may never be considered minors. Gross household income includes wages, interest, dividends, annuities, and pensions.

  • Active Military Pay (Basic pay)
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Alimony
  • Annuity
  • Black Lung
  • Capital Gains - Proceeds from sale of property, home and stock
  • Cash Withdraws from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA)
  • Child Support Received
  • Company Disability and Black Lung
  • Disability Assistance (DA)
  • Estate and Trust Settlements - minus attorney fees
  • Farm Income
  • Garnisheed Wages, including Bankruptcy/Chapter 13
  • Monetary Assistance
  • Grants/Training Stipends – living expenses only
  • Immigrant Relocation Allowance
  • Interest earned from Savings Accounts
  • Lump Sum Distribution
  • Odd Jobs
  • Rental Income
  • Self-Employment
  • Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability (SSDI)
  • Strike Benefits
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • Unearned income paid to or on the behalf of minors
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Utility Allowances (as discretionary income)
  • Wages/Tips
  • Workers' Compensation

  • Agent Orange Compensation/Benefit
  • Assets from bank withdrawals
  • Attorney's fees for Estate & Trust Settlements
  • Child Support Paid*
  • FEMA Cash Payments
  • Food Stamps/Cash Payment for food stamps
  • Funds/training stipends designated for specific purposes (i.e., educational Grants/Training stipends for tuition and/or books only-not living expenses)*
  • Handicapped Income - self-sufficiency programs (example: work expenses for the blind)
  • Health Insurance Premiums (dental, vision, health and supplemental insurance)*
  • Income earned by dependent minors less than 18 years of age
  • Loans from individuals or institutions requiring repayment of either principle or principal and interest*
  • Medicare Payments
  • Military Allowances for Subsistence, Housing, Family Separation, etc.*
  • Prevention, Retention, & Contingency (PRC) - assistance to attempt to divert families from long term financial dependency
  • Stipend for Foster Care
  • Tax refunds and rebates
  • Title III Disaster Relief Emergency Assistance Program (DREAP)
  • Title V Wages/Senior Community Employment Programs (SCEP) - Older Americans' Act (Public Law 100-175) Experience Works (formerly Green Thumb), Foster Grandparents Program, Mature Services
  • Transportation Allowances (i.e., Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), Workfare
  • Work Allowances (i.e., Learning Earning and Parenting [LEAP])
  • Veteran’s Disability Income
  • Volunteers in Service to America (Vista) or other AmeriCorps Stipends

* These exclusions require documentation.

 

The Energy Assistance Program application can be found here. Applications can also be found at your local community action agency, local libraries, county departments of Job and Family Services, and Area Agencies on Aging.

Applications will be mailed to households that were found eligible for assistance the previous winter heating season. You can also call (800) 282-0880 to have an application mailed to you.

Mail Completed and Signed Applications to:
HEAP
P.O. Box 1240
Columbus, Ohio 43216

  • Proof of income for the past 12 months
  • A copy of a recent fuel/utility bill

*Remember to sign your application. Not signing the application will delay the application process.