OHIO, USA — Home heating bills are expected to rise this winter.
However, help may be available.
People who need help paying these bills this winter might be eligible for assistance from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Ohio’s Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, has been allocated $140,491,616 by the department to go to individuals, families, and seniors who have household incomes at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level.
That equates to $46,375 a year or below for a family of four according to the Ohio Department of Development. The federal poverty level for 2021 stands at $26,500.
Below are the eligible income levels for different size households:
- 1 - up to $22,540
- 2 - up to $30,485
- 3 - up to $38,430
- 4 - up to $46,375
- 5 - up to $54,320
- 6 - up to $62,265
- 7 - up to $70,210
- 8 - up to $78,155
Those who are eligible for the payment can receive a one-time financial benefit that will be applied directly to their home heating bill.
If you are interested in applying for HEAP assistance or would like more information you can contact your local energy assistance provider below:
- Lucas County
- Pathway, Inc.
- (567) 803-0010
- Wood, Seneca, Sandusky, Ottawa Counties
- Great Lakes Community Action Partnership
- (567) 432-5046
- Erie and Huron Counties
- Community Action Commission of Erie, Huron, and Richland Counties, Inc.
- (419) 901-9539
- Williams, Fulton, Henry, Defiance, Paulding Counties
- Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission
- (419) 784-5136
- Hancock, Hardin, Wyandot, Putnam Counties
- HHWP Community Action Commission
- (419) 423-3755 ext. 302