HARCATUS Tri-County CAO and Ohio Development Services Agency want to remind Ohioans that heating assistance available to eligible households through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program will end March 31. Since November 1, 2016, HARCATUS has helped more than 870 household stay warm during this unusually mild winter.
Ohioans facing disconnection from their heating source, those who have been disconnected, or those that have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel may qualify. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a household with only one person, the annual income must be at or below $20,790. Add $7,280 for each additional household member.
Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local energy assistance provider. To schedule an appointment with a HARCATUS Family Support Center Office in Dennison, New Philadelphia, Carrollton or Cadiz, please call the HARCATUS Family Support Appointment Line at 1-855-806-9650. If you are from outside of these counties, visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to find a local provider in your area.
Customers must bring the following items to their appointment: proof of income (copies of pay stubs), copies of their most recent energy bills, photo ID, a list of all household members with Social Security numbers and birth dates, proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members.
Documents that are accepted to prove U.S. citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security Card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, or INS ID Card.
Ohioans also can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing-impaired customers may dial (800) 686-1557 for assistance) or visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htm for more information about the Winter Crisis Program.
For more information about energy assistance programs and a list of energy assistance providers, call (800) 282-0880 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.