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Summer Crisis Program

For More Information:

To learn more call (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For the hearing-impaired dial 711

Overview

The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides a one-time benefit to eligible Ohioans with cooling assistance during the summer months. The program runs from July 1 to August 31.

The focus of the Summer Crisis Program is to provide bill payment assistance for persons 60 years of age and older or those with a certified medical condition. Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program but are encouraged to work with their local Energy Assistance Providers to identify opportunities for assistance.

Who is Eligible for the Summer Crisis Program?

Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have a member of the household who is at least 60 years old or can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health.

Size of Household Total Household Income 12 Months
1 up to $21,857.50
2 up to $29,592.50
3 up to $37,327.50
4 up to $45,062.50
5 up to $52,797.50
6 up to $60,532.50
7 up to $68,267.50
8 up to $79,002.50

For households with more than eight members, add $7,735 for each individual.

How do I apply for the Summer Crisis Program?

You can begin your application online at energyhelp.ohio.gov but will need to complete the application at your local Energy Assistance Provider. When you apply, you will need to complete the Energy Assistance Application (English or Spanish)and submit copies of the following documents:

  • a copy of your most recent utility bills
  • a list of all household members (include birth dates and Social Security numbers) and proof of income for the last 30 days for each member (12 months preferred)
  • proof of citizenship or legal residency for all household members
  • proof of medical condition signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner

You will need to include: proof of income for the past 30 days and 12 months for each member, a copy of your recent fuel/utility bill, proof of medical condition signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner, and a list of all household members (including Social Security Numbers).

Please contact your local Energy Assistance Provider for a list of all required documents. Depending on your income type, additional forms may be required.  Samples of the additional forms can be found by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply for assistance through the HEAP Summer Crisis Program once a year.

Families who live in federally subsidized housing are not eligible unless the electric bill is in their name or they have verification that they are responsible for portion of the electric bill.

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.

Included (Countable) Household Income

  • 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)
  • Commissions
  • Company Disability
  • Disability Assistance (DA)
  • Estate and Trust Settlements - minus attorney fees – (one-time payment or lump sum)
  • Farm Income
  • Garnished Wages, including Bankruptcy/Chapter 13
  • Grants/Training Stipends – living expenses only
  • Immigrant Relocation Allowance
  • Interest earned from Savings Accounts
  • Legal Settlements
  • Lump Sum Distribution
  • Odd Jobs
  • Ohio Electronic Childcare (Ohio ECC) – Provider Income
  • Pensions – Government/Veterans/Private Industry
  • Rental Income earned from rental property
  • Self-Employment Income
  • Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability (SSDI) (Excluding Medicare Deductions)
  • Strike Benefits
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)/General Assistance (GA)
  • Unearned income paid to or on the behalf of minors
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Utility Allowances (as discretionary income)
  • Veteran’s Administration Benefits
  • Wages/Tips
  • Widows/Widower’s Benefits
  • Workers' Compensation

Excluded Household Income

  • Agent Orange Compensation/Benefit
  • Assets from bank withdrawals (90-day rule)
  • Attorney's fees for Estate & Trust Settlements
  • Child Support Paid Out
  • Child Support Received
  • FEMA Cash Payments
  • Food Assistance Benefit – Food Stamps, SNAP, etc. (cash or equivalent)
  • 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 Care Spending Accounts – non-taxable health care spending accounts are allowable
  • Health Insurance Premiums (dental, vision, health and supplemental insurance)
  • Income earned by dependent minors less than 18 years of age
  • Jury Duty
  • Loans from individuals or institutions requiring repayment of either principle or principal and interest*
  • Medicaid spend-down
  • Medicare Part D (prescription premium)
  • Medicare Payments
  • Military Allowances for Subsistence, Housing, Family Separation, etc.
  • Ohio Waiver Program
  • Prevention, Retention, & Contingency (PRC) - assistance to attempt to divert families from long term financial dependency
  • Proceeds from reverse mortgages
  • Reimbursement for work expenses
  • 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
  • Title XX Benefits
  • Transportation Allowances (i.e., Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA), Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA), Workfare
  • Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Service-Related Disability/including surviving dependents
  • Volunteers in Service to America (Vista) or other AmeriCorps Stipends
  • Work Allowances (i.e., Learning Earning and Parenting [LEAP])

Yes, you can apply for the Summer Crisis Program. Contact your local Energy Assistance Provider to apply.

You can call the Ohio Development Services Agency’s hotline (800) 282-0880 or your local Energy Assistance Provider by clicking here.