eating assistance available

eating assistance available

The Ohio Department of Development and Community Action Wayne/Medina want to remind residents of Wayne and Medina counties that assistance is available to help with home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program helps Ohioans at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines pay their heating bills.

Ohioans who are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected from their utility service, transferring services, establishing new services, at or below 25% fuel, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 12 months also may be eligible for the HEAP Winter Crisis Program, which started Nov. 1.

Ohioans can visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online or download a copy of the application, or they can call Community Action Wayne/Medina at 330-264-8677 (Wooster) or 330-723-2229 (Medina).

Individuals will need to have copies of the following documents to include with their application: 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 for certain income types), proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members, and proof of disability if applicable. HEAP benefits are applied to an individual’s energy bill after Jan. 1.

For immediate assistance with energy bills, contact Community Action Wayne/Medina for more information. Applications for the HEAP Winter Crisis Program must be received by March 31. The last day to apply for the regular HEAP benefit is May 31.

For more information on the programs, visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or call your local energy-assistance provider.