The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides a one-time benefit to eligible Ohioans with cooling assistance during the summer months. The program runs from July 1 to September 30.
The focus of the Summer Crisis Program is to provide assistance with electric utility bills, central air conditioning repairs, and air conditioning unit and/or fan purchases. Households with a household member who is either 60 years of age and older, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has a certified medical condition, and households who have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, or are trying to establish new electric service may be eligible for assistance. Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP) Program are eligible for assistance towards their default PIPP payment, first PIPP payment, central air conditioning repairs, or may receive an air conditioning unit and/or fan.
Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP)
Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP) Program – helps income- eligible Ohioans manage their energy bills year-round. The program allows income-eligible Ohioans to pay their energy bill each month based on a percentage of their income. To be eligible for the program, a client must receive residential, electric or gas service from a company regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), have a total household income at or below 150% of the FPG, and must apply for all Development Energy Assistance Programs for which they are eligible. A client’s PIPP payment will be set at 10% of the last 30 days of household income for household that heat with electric and 5% for household s with a different heating source. The minimum payment amount is $10.