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Summer Crisis funds still available

WSOS Community Action Commission continues to assist income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months now through August 31, 2017.

The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides low-income disabled or elderly Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca County residents with electric bill payments, central air conditioning repairs and other needs to keep cool this summer.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. Conditions can include lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or asthma.

Eligible households can receive up to $300 if they are a customer of a regulated utility, or $500 if they are a customer of unregulated utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. The assistance is applied to their utility bill or applied to central air conditioning repair costs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $43,050.

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 WSOS to identify other opportunities for assistance.

Those who are applying should bring a photo ID; proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate; social security number for each member of the household; verification of a medical condition by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner; and documentation for all income in the household for those 18 years or older for three months prior to the date of appointment.

For more information or to apply for the Summer Crisis Program, call 1-888-441-4327 or 419-334-8911. Additional information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or www.wsos.org.