Summer Utility Help Begins July 1

posted 6/29/15 -- The State of Ohio has again approved funding to help Lorain County residents keep their electricity on and cool air flowing during the summer months.

The program focuses on income-eligible Ohioans age 60 and over or people with certified medical conditions.

Customers can receive an air conditioner as well as bill-paying assistance. In addition to being income-eligible, they must meet one of the following criteria:

* Have a documented medical condition.

* Be age 60 or over.

Customers of unregulated utilities, such as those served by the City of Oberlin, can receive a total benefit of no more than $300. Customers of regulated utilities, such as Ohio Edison and Columbia Gas, can receive a total benefit of no more than $250.

Income-eligible customers of Ohio Edison and Columbia Gas are encouraged to take advantage of PIPP Plus. This statewide program allows customers to pay a percentage of their utility charges based on their income.

Current PIPP members who have not made their regular payments and received a disconnection notice are not eligible for bill-paying assistance, but can be eligible to receive an air conditioner.

Based on the release of program funding, clients who are eligible to recieve an air conditioner, will be given a voucher on July 20 to retrieve the air conditioner. 

Documentation of income, household members, ages and medical conditions must be shown at appointments with utility assistance staff. Call LCCAA's 24-hour hotline at1-855-806-9620 to hear a list of required documents and make an appointment.

The Summer Crisis Program ends August 31.