Summer Crisis Program Starts July 1

posted 6/12/14 -- A program which helps low-income seniors and Ohioans with medical conditions stay cool during the hot summer months will begin on July 1, 2014.

Starting on July 1 through August 31, 2014, LCCAA will accept applications for the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program (HEAP-SCP). The SCP will provide cooling assistance to households with incomes up to 175% of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines and with a member age 60 or older, or with a documented, qualifying medical condition.

Ken Novack, Director of Housing Services, says the program will offer a maximum benefit of $350 to assist income-eligible households facing a disconnect notice on their electric bill service. The maximum benefit for customers served by a rural electric cooperative is $400. The program will also offer air conditioners.

The Summer Crisis Program has become a crucial tool for many Ohioans suffering through the heat. Those who apply are going through a variety of financial difficulties and just need a little help. “We know that running an air conditioner runs up electric bills. Our seniors with health conditions are at risk without this assistance,” says Novack.

Novack adds, “Seniors and others frequently have to choose between buying prescriptions and covering their monthly bills. With this program, we know that basic needs are being met. Plus, the majority of participants get enrolled in a payment plan at the same time.”

Applications will be taken beginning July 1, 2014 at 401 Broadway Avenue in Lorain Monday – Friday from 8: 00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and in Wellington at 115 Willard Memorial Square Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The toll-free Energy Services hotline, 1-855-806-9620, which individuals should call to schedule appointments will begin issuing appointments on June 30, 2014. The hotline also answers frequently asked questions (FAQs), including program guidelines and required documentation or click read more for income guidelines and FAQs.