Our Housing Assistance program offers a variety of services to support seniors and individuals with disabilities, all designed to focus on the mobility needs of residents in southeast Ohio.

Services included in our Housing Assistance program are:

  • Home Accessibility Modifications

  • Home Choice

  • Home Energy Assistance

Home Accessibility Modifications

Buckeye Hills offers Home Accessibility Modifications and Minor Home Repair for seniors age 60 and above and for those under 60 with a disability in need of handicap accessibility repairs.

Home modifications for mobility and accessibility include project that make the physical environment accessible and functional, thus enabling people with mobility and disability issues to perform daily activities with greater independence. Home modification projects include ramps for easier entry, replacing tubs for showers, installing grab bars and handrails for safety, widening doorways for easier access with assistive devices like wheelchairs and walkers, and more.

Home repair and maintenance is limited to small, single problem areas within the residence. Plumbing modifications, electrical repair and upgrade, and heating and ventilation repair.

Funding for these services comes from a combination of public, private, and local resources with work provided through a bid process to agency-contracted contractors and others.

Home Choice

The Home Choice program is made available through Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services supported by Buckeye Hills to provide eligible individuals the chance to transition from a long-term care facility to home and community settings.

The purpose of Home Choice is to assist folks who want to locate home and move from a long-term care facility back into the community.

Once individuals are in long-term care facilities, it is difficult for them to move back into the community because they usually do not have homes or access to other services and supports necessary for daily living. Transition coordination will help them plan and arrange for services and supports they need while relocating from an institution to a community.

Home Choice will support individuals with transition services up to $2,000, by locating housing, transitioning, and connecting to community services such as health care, pharmacies, personal assistance and more.

Home Energy Assistance

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.

Who is eligible for HEAP?

Applicants for HEAP must be at or below 175 percent of the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 federal poverty guidelines listed below.

Who is eligible for the Summer Crisis Program?

Ohioans with a household income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines and have a member of the household who is at least 60 years old or can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health.

To apply for the program, customers are required to schedule an appointment with their local Community Action Program.

Customers need to bring:

  • a copy of their most recent energy bill

  • a list of all household members and proof of income for the last 90 days for each member

  • proof of citizenship or legal residency,

  • physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health (if there isn’t a household member over the age of 60).