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Summer Crisis Program Available July 1st – September 30th

 

The Ohio Development Services Agency and Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill. The program runs from July 1st until September 30th.

 

To apply for the program, clients are required to complete an intake process with Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission. Clients need to provide copies of the following documents:

 

  • Their most recent energy bills (electric and heating);

  • 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;

  • Photo ID Proof of disability (if applicable);

  • Social Security numbers for all household members;

  • 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);

  • Proof of service disconnection or threat of disconnection if not over 60 or medical eligibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

The total benefit amount payable to the electric utility is up to $500 for PUCO regulated utilities, and $800 for non-PUCO (Co-Ops) or up to $500 may be available for repair of a central air conditioning unit. Also, qualifying households may also be eligible for an air conditioner and/or fan, if the household has not received this benefit in the past three program years. Households do not have to be in disconnect status if a household member is over 60 or has a documented medical condition, however, those in disconnect status must receive utility assistance before additional benefits will be considered.

 

Income guidelines are at 175% of the Federal Poverty Level. A family of four may earn up to $3,811.64 in the past 30 days. Due to COVID19 concerns, for the safety of our staff and clients, there will be no face-to-face intake. Applications will be completed via phone interview once all the required documentation is completed and submitted.

 

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program or to start the application process, contact Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland CAC:

 

  • Coshocton County - 740-622-9801

  • Knox County - 740-397-0378

  • Holmes County - 330-674-6479

  • Ashland County - 419-281-432

 

Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance Available

 

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission continues to offer assistance to households impacted by COVID-19 with past due rent or mortgage payments and to prevent water and sewer disconnections.   Gas, electric and bulk fuel (propane) assistance is also available through multiple programs.

 

New funding appropriated to the agency expands the agency’s capability to serve those who continue to be impacted by the COVID19 pandemic.  Guidelines vary among programs, with some being at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level or a higher threshold of 80% of the Area Median Income of the county in which a client resides.   Benefits also vary as well.  It is suggested that anyone past due with rent, mortgage or a utility contact the local office for more details. 

 

COVID19 impact must be documented.  Income documentation for all household members for the past 30 days or 12 months, (one program requires 3 total months income documentation, but clients may qualify based on the past 30 days), along with social security numbers, eviction notices, past due mortgage notices, water/sewer disconnection notice, photo ID, proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members, and other documentation must be presented.  Due to COVID19 restrictions, and the safety and well-being of community and staff, the application process must be started via phone only, no in-person applicants.  Please call your local KHCA office.

 

Coshocton County      740-622-9801

Knox County              740-397-0378

Holmes County           330-674-6479

Ashland County          419-281-4327

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