HARCATUS Summer Crisis Program Now Underway

The Ohio Development Services Agency and HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months with HARCATUS Summer Crisis Program.

The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance with paying for an electric bill or assistance in paying for central air conditioning repairs, or purchases of fans and window air conditioning units. The program runs from July 1 until September 30, 2021.

How to Apply

To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with HARCATUS. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (855) 806-9650.

Clients need to provide copies of the following documents prior to their phone appointment:

  • Copies of their most recent energy 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;
  • Proof of disability (if applicable);
  • Physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60).
Those Helped

Last year more than 514 families in Harrison, Carroll, and Tuscarawas Counties were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program.

“Our staff members are amazing! Applications are already being completed and processed for the 2021 Summer Crisis Program, thanks to the referrals from area partners and returning residents. The big change for this year’s program is that it allows households to receive assistance with a payment towards their electric services, central air conditioning repairs, AND window air conditioner and/or fan purchase,” said JoEllen Sanders, HARCATUS Community Services Director.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households who meet one of the following qualifications: (1) older household member (60 years or older), or (2) that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health, or (3) have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or (4) have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, are trying to establish new service on their electric bill, or require air conditioning. Health conditions can include such things as lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or asthma.

More Information

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program or other rent, mortgage, or utility programs, contact one of the following HARCATUS Community Services County Offices; Harrison County (740) 942-8886, Carroll County (330) 627-4101 or Tuscarawas County (330) 343-8770. HARCATUS offices are still not open to the public and have secure outdoor drop-box services. To be connected to your local Energy Assistance provider call (800) 282-0880 (hearing impaired clients may dial 711 for assistance), or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

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