Geauga County Summer Crisis Program Begins July 1 – News-Herald

The Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program designed to help eligible Ohioans stay cool during the summer months.

The Summer Crisis program provides eligible Ohio residents with assistance with paying an electric bill or assistance with central air conditioning repairs. Eligible applicants may be eligible for a window air conditioner or box fans, according to a press release from the county Employment and Family Services office. The program will run from July 1 to September 30.

Geauga County residents can apply for the Summer Crisis program through Geauga County Employment and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon. The request for assistance is made by telephone interview by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 440-285-1299.

To qualify for the Summer Crisis program, gross household income must be at or below 175% of the federal poverty level. The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with a member 60 years of age or older, a household member with a medically documented medical condition who requires cooling assistance for their health, households with an electrical shutdown notice or services that have been shut down, have a default PIPP, wish to register for the PIPP, or establish a new electrical service.

Individuals interested in receiving Summer Crisis assistance must provide the following to complete the eligibility determination:

• proof of income

• copies of their most recent energy bills

• list of all household members with social security numbers and dates of birth

• Proof of US citizenship/legal residency for all household members.

Julio V. Miller