Heating Assistance Available Through March 31

posted 3/9/15 -- With temperatures starting to rise, the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) and Lorain County Community Action Agency (LCCAA) want to remind Ohioans that heating assistance is available to eligible households through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) through March 31, 2015.

The HEAP Winter Crisis Program provides assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. Qualifying for HEAP is dependent upon the size of the household and the total gross household income for either the past three or 12 months. For the Winter Crisis Program the gross income of eligible households must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Residents who need help paying for heat or who have had their heat turned off should call the HEAP hotline at 1-855-806-9620 to make an appointment.

The automated line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to schedule appointments. However, there is an option to speak to a representative during regular office hours. The hotline also includes a recorded message describing the documents needed for your appointment. HEAP offices are located in Lorain and Wellington. LCCAA also accepts a limited number of walk-in appointments at 401 Broadway in Lorain. Appointments are strongly encouraged.

Click here to read more about HEAP in the Morning Journal.