CAW/M can help you keep cool this summer

CAW/M can help you keep cool this summer

The Ohio Department of Development and Community Action Wayne/Medina 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 or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs from July 1 until Sept. 30.

To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with Community Action Wayne/Medina. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the automated appointment line at 330-461-9333.

Clients need to bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:

—Copies of their most recent energy bills;

—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;

—Proof of disability (if applicable);

—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).

Last year more than 675 families in Wayne and Medina Counties were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program.

“Although we often think of winter and cold weather as a critical time for families to maintain their utility service, we find that for many seniors and those with chronic health conditions it is equally important that they can remain cool in the summer,” said Housing and Economic Assistance Director Mary Raitano. “This program does that by providing assistance with electric bills and by furnishing fans and air conditioners to vulnerable clients.”

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households that: have an older household member (60 years or older); can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health; or have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, are trying to establish new service on their electric bill. Conditions can include such things as lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or asthma.

Eligible households can receive up to $500 if they are a customer of a regulated utility, or $800 if they are a customer of unregulated utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. The assistance is applied to their utility bill, or to purchase an air conditioning unit or fan, or pay for central air conditioning repairs.

Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $48,562.50. Also, Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP) who meet the above criteria may be 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.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program and what is needed to apply, contact Community Action Wayne/Medina at 330-264-8677 or 330-723-2229. To be connected to your local Energy Assistance provider visit or call 800-282-0880.

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