July and August can be two of the hottest months of the year in Ohio, especially for those without air conditioning. Starting July 1 until August 31, 2013, the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area and Ohio Development Services Agency will help income-eligible Ohioans purchase an air conditioner, and/or assist in the payment of an electric bill, helping them keep cool during the hot summer days.
“For older Ohioans and those with breathing conditions, the heat can take its toll. Together with Community Action Partnership, we are reducing the risk of heat related illnesses in our communities,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.
“We are pleased to again offer this important assistance to eligible families in our community,” said John T. Donnellan, President and CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area.
In 2012, more than 1,900 families in Montgomery County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Program, Summer Crisis Program.
The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. This can include lung disease; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; or asthma, which affects more than 850,000 Ohioans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Eligible households can receive up to $175 to purchase an air conditioner, and/or to assist in the payment of an electric bill. The gross income of eligible households must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $41,212.50.
Residents also are encouraged to work with their local job and family services agency and faith-based organizations for additional assistance.
Visit http://www.cap-dayton.org/contentmgr/documents/DocumentationRequired2013.pdf to view the documentation needed to process an application. To make an appointment in Montgomery County, call the automated appointment line at 1-866-504-7379.
For more information about the Summer Crisis Program, contact Community Action Partnership at (937) 341-5000 ext. 114. Preble County citizens may call (937) 456-2800, Greene County citizens should contact Community Action Partnership at (937) 376-7747, and Darke County citizens may call (937) 548-8143. Additional information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling toll-free at (800) 282-0880.