Nick McWilliams reporting – The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program is open for residents who meet the standard requirements.

The program, through the Ohio Department of Development and HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization, started in July and will continue through the end of September.

Low-income households with someone age 60 and older are urged to apply, or if cooling assistance is needed for the health of a person in the house. Homes that have a disconnect notice, have already been shut off, or have certain health conditions that will be benefitted by air conditioning should apply.

Some required documents include the most recent utility bills, proof of all household members’ income from at least the last 30 days, proof of citizenship, and proof of any ailments if assistance is needed for someone’s health.

Nearly 400 families in Harrison, Carroll, and Tuscarawas Counties were assisted last year.

Households connected to a regulated utility can receive up to $500, while unregulated customers can receive $800.

Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify.

For more information, visit www.harcatus.org/heap, or call (800) 282-0880 to be connected to a local energy assistance provider.

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