Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program ends March 31

Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program ends March 31

The deadline is coming for the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program; all applications must be started by Thursday, March 31.

Income-eligible households that have been disconnected or have a pending disconnection notice, need to establish new service, need to pay to transfer service, have 25% or less of bulk fuel supply remaining, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 12 months may receive assistance through the program.

This year more than 1,025 families in Harrison, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties have worked with HARCATUS to participate in the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program. If you are one of the 147 incomplete applications still pending, all documents must be received by HARCATUS no later than April 13.

To apply for the program, residents of Harrison, Carroll and/or Tuscarawas counties are required to schedule a telephone appointment with their local HARCATUS Community Services offices by calling 855-806-9650.

Applicants need to provide a copy of the following documents to HARCATUS prior to their appointment: copies of their most recent utility bills, a list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for each member, proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members, and proof of disability if applicable.

The Ohio Department of Development Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance with their main heating source and/or secondary heating source (electric), as well as with fuel tank placement, fuel tank testing and heating unit repair/replacement. The maximum benefit amounts for the 2022 program are $175 for clients of regulated utilities, $750 for clients of unregulated utilities (municipal utilities or cooperatives), $900 for clients with bulk fuel including kerosene, and $550 for clients with wood or coal.

Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines to qualify for assistance.

For more information about the Winter Crisis Program, visit HARCATUS at www.harcatus.org/HEAP.

To be connected to your local energy-assistance provider through the state, call 800-282-0880. Hearing-impaired clients may dial 711 for assistance or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

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