Help with home cooling still available

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The Ohio Development Services Agency and Clinton County Community Action will once again help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the summer months.

“This year, we’ve extended the length of the program and expanded eligibility requirements so we can help more Ohioans during this health crisis,” Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency said. “We’re working with Clinton County Community Action every day to help Ohioans in need.“

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with a member 60 years or older, households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in 2020, have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, establishing new service on electric bill or require air conditioning and/or fan.

You may qualify if your monthly household size/gross income is below: 1-$1,835.34, 2-$2,479.73, 3-$3,124.11, 4-$3,768.49 and 5-$4,412.88.

Applicant will need to bring the following documents with them:

• Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members. If self-employed or seasonal you will need to bring the past 12 months income and complete copy of most recent IRS taxes filed. If you have no income please contact the office for further instructions.

• Copies of current heating and electric bills.

• Social Security cards for all household members. Birth certificates, voter registrations, passports or DD-214 will also be accepted as long as Social Security numbers are provided.

• Photo ID of applicant.

• Proof of Disability if applicable.

Summer Crisis Program (SCP), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), and Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) applications are processed 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For further information please contact Community Action at 937-382-8365 during these hours.

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