Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits households at 175% or less of the poverty level to assist with energy instability. The Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance funds the HEAP program, while the program is facilitated by Miami Valley Community Action Partnership.
The HEAP program functions as a credit program. Income qualified households submit an application with appropriate documentation (see our “HEAP Documentation Checklist”) to apply for the program. Upon approval, a credit will be applied to the household’s heating utility source around January of the following year. This once-per-year credit is designed to help reduce the burden of higher heating bills in the winter months.
A HEAP application will automatically be submitted for all utility assistance applicants applying in-person, online, or via mail/agency drop-box.
Winter Crisis Program
The Winter Crisis Program runs from November 1 to March 31 each year. This program provides household’s with a once-per-heating season direct payment benefit to facilitate one of the following steps:
- Prevent a heating utility disconnection;
- Restore service to a disconnected heating utility;
- Transfer utility services to a new unit or address;
- Refill bulk fuel household’s tank, provided at time of application, it is at 25% capacity or less
The Winter Crisis Program, in conjunction with MVCAP’s Emergency Home Repair Program, can also assist households in paying for the repair of an existing furnace.
Winter Crisis Program Eligibility Requirements:
Households with a gross income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the Winter Crisis Program. A household whose total income during the past three months is equal to or less than the following maximums may be eligible. Please see the chart on the right for more information.
Summer Crisis Program
The Summer Crisis Program (SCP) runs from June 1 to July 31 each year. This program provides assistance with electric (cooling) utility services specifically for the following households:
- A household member has an illness that would benefit from cooling assistance, verified by physician documentation;
- A household member is sixty (60) years or older;
- Household is served by a non-regulated utility with disconnect notice.
The maximum amount for bill payment assistance is $300 for regulated utilities and $500 for non-regulated utilities.
In lieu of a direct utility payment, a household may elect to receive a free window air-conditioning unit as a part of the Summer Crisis Program. Income eligible households are permitted one unit, per household, every three years.
The Winter Crisis Program, in conjunction with MVCAP’s Emergency Home Repair Program, can also assist households in paying for the repair of an existing air conditioning unit.
Medical eligibility for any SCP assistance is needed for anyone under the age of 60. You must have written documentation from a medical health professional stating you would benefit from cooling bill assistance or an air conditioning unit.