Ohio’s Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP) are an integral part of the social safety net for Ohio’s older citizens. Many older adults with limited incomes rely on this assistance, and would not be able to get through the winter without it. This frail population is extremely vulnerable to temperature extremes; they are the first to succumb to respiratory illnesses and other ills due to freezing temperatures or deadly heat. For them, a lack of resources is a health issue as well as a financial one.

Applied directly to the customer’s utility or bulk fuel bill, the benefit can help manage heating costs during the cold winter months. Customers who are threatened with disconnection, or have been disconnected from their utility service, may also be eligible for the HEAP Winter Crisis Program.

When applying, make sure to have copies of the following documents:

  • Most recent utility bills.

  • A list of all household members (including birth dates and Social Security numbers).

  • Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members (12 months of proof of income preferred).

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members.

  • Proof of disability (if applicable).

Applicants can visit energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online, download a copy of the application or find contact information for a local Energy Assistance Provider. Applications are also available at local libraries, county departments of Job and Family Services, Area Agencies on Aging, and at the button linked below.

Ohioans without income must schedule an appointment with the local Energy Assistance Provider to apply for the programs.

ONLINE OR PAPER APPLICATIONS FOR BOTH PROGRAMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 31, 2019.