Ohio Development Services Agency and HARCATUS help Ohioans Stay Warm this Winter

(Ohio) – Officials are announcing that the HEAP Winter Crisis Program begins Thursday, November 1st.

The HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization and Ohio Development Services Agency will help Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected from their heating source, threatened with disconnection or if they have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The program runs from November 1, 2018, until March 31, 2019.

“Working with HARCATUS, we’re helping Ohioans manage their energy costs this winter,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

More than 1,500 families in Harrison, Carroll and Tuscarawas Counties were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program last year. From November 2017 – March 2018, more than 97,816 Ohioans were helped by the program statewide.

To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program, a household must be threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, the annual income must be at or below $43,925.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider. Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:

  • proof of income (copies of pay stubs, bank statements, SSA benefit letter, etc.) for the past 30 days or 12 months for all adult household members.
  • copies of their most recent energy bills (gas, electric, and/or bulk fuel invoice).
  • Social Security cards and birth certificates, if not already on file.
  • Will require additional proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for non-resident household members
  • May require Child Support printout in some circumstances.
  • Self-Employment or no income must complete and sign agency forms and supply supporting documentation.

Examples of documents that are accepted to prove citizenship/legal residency include a Social Security Card, birth certificate, voter registration, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, and INS ID Card.

For more information, call the HARCATUS Family Support Toll-Free Appointment Hot Line at 1-855-806-9650.

Ohioans can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance or visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htm for more information about the Winter Crisis Program.

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