As the cold weather lingers into spring, heating assistance for low-income individuals and families will be available for a few additional weeks. The state of Ohio announced that the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Winter Crisis Program will extend its application deadline from March 31 to April 15, 2014.
The HEAP Program provides assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or if their tank contains 35 percent or less of its capacity of bulk fuel.
Since the start of this season’s program in November 2013, Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. has provided HEAP/PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) services to 4,936 low-income households.
To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program a household must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $41,212.50. Summit County residents interested in receiving assistance can call the toll-free HEAP appointment line at 1-866-504-7400.
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