The Summer Crisis Program to provide assistance for income-eligible residents to stay cool has begun.
July and August can be two of the hottest months of the year in Ohio, especially for those without air conditioning or a fan.
Beginning July 1 until August 31, Akron Summit Community Action Inc. and Ohio Development Services Agency will help income-eligible residents purchase an air conditioner or fan, and/or assist in the payment of an electric bill.
The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. This can include lung disease; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma.
Eligible households can receive up to $350 to purchase an air conditioner or fan, and/or to assist in the payment of an electric bill. This year, the program will also provide assistance of up to $400 to customers of unregulated utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, like Cuyahoga Falls and Hudson.
Customers of the unregulated utilities are eligible if they have a disconnection notice and have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $41,737.50.
Clients must be income eligible. For instance, a family of four must have a three-month income of $10,434.38 or a 12-month income of $41,737.50.
Eligible Summit County residents can schedule an appointment by calling the toll-free appointment line at 1-866-504-7400.
Appointments will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All required documentation must be brought at the time of the appointment.