With heating costs rising, help available

With the increase in heating costs, Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission continues to offer help with heating assistance.

The Home Energy Assistance Program provides a one-time credit to your main heating source. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2023. Online applications are also available by visiting energyhelp.ohio.gov and setting up an account.

The Winter Crisis Program provides assistance to customers that are threatened with disconnection, have already been disconnected, need to establish new service or are in need of propane, fuel oil or any other bulk fuel. For utilities that are in disconnect status (regulated utility company), a hold can be placed on the account until the time of appointment, but is limited to one hold per program year and cannot be extended. No-show appointments may result in utilities being shut off.

The Winter Crisis Program will continue until March 31, 2023. Income guideline for these two programs is at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.

Required documentation for all household members includes: the past 30 days or 12 months of income (depending on income type), social security cards, birthdates, electric bill, gas bill, and proof of disability (if applicable). If your household pays medical, dental, or vision premiums, or child support, please bring proof of these payments.

To Schedule an appointment for heating assistance, please contact our toll free 24 hour hotline at 419-219-4641 or visit our website at www.nocac.org to schedule online.