Summer Cooling Help Starts July 1

posted 6/24/16 -- Lorain County Community Action Agency will help low-income residents stay cool during the hot summer months.

Beginning July 1, qualifying residents can receive help paying an electric bill or an AC unit. In addition to income, participants must be 60-years or older or have a documented medical condition such as lung disease or asthma.

Eligible households can receive up to $300 if they are a customer of a regulated utility or $500 if they are a customer of an unregulated utility such as an electric cooperative or municipal utility. The assistance is applied to utility bills or repair costs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty line. For a family of four, qualifying annual income is $42,525 or less.

Appointments are available at both the LCCAA headquarters on Broadway in Lorain and at Wellington Village hall by calling 1-855-806-9620. Walk-ins are also accepted at both locations. In Lorain, walk-ins are accepted between 8 and 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. In Wellington, walk-ins are from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

LCCAA will also continue its partnership with El Centro taking Summer Crisis applications. To schedule an appointment at El Centro, call 440-277-5327.

Required documents include:

Proof of income for all household members 18 and older.

Social Security numbers for all household members.

Proof of medical condition or age. Most recent gas and electric bills.

Lorain County residents participating in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance but are encouraged to ask about other possible benefits.

The program is funded through the Ohio Development Services Agency by the U.S. Department of Energy. Additional information can be found at

The Summer Crisis program ends Aug. 31.