Air assistance

Notice: Eligible Ohioans can get help with electric bills or AC repairs

Public Notice:

The Ohio Department of Development and the Breathing Association will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis program provides eligible assistance to Ohioans to pay an electric bill or assistance to pay for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs from July 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022.

To apply for the program, clients must make an appointment with The Breathing Association. Appointments can be made by calling 614-457-2997.

Clients should bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:

  • Copies of their most recent energy bills;
  • A list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for each member;
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members;
  • Proof of disability (if applicable);
  • Documentation from physician indicating that cooling assistance is necessary for the health of a household member (if there is not a household member over the age of 60).

Last year, more than 2,830 Franklin families received help through the Summer Crisis Home Energy Assistance Program.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member (60 years or older), who can provide medical documentation indicating that cooling assistance is needed for the health of a member of the household. cleaning, having a disconnection notice, being turned off, trying to set up a new service on their electric bill or requiring air conditioning. Conditions can include things like lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or asthma.

Eligible households can receive up to $500 if they are customers of a regulated utility, or $800 if they are customers of unregulated utilities such as electric co-ops and municipal utilities. The assistance is applied to their utility bill, or to purchase an air conditioning unit or fan, or to pay for central air conditioning repairs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. For a family of four, the annual income must be equal to or less than $48,562.50.

Additionally, Ohioans enrolled in the Income Percentage Payment Plan Plus (PIPP) program who meet the above criteria may be eligible for assistance with their default PIPP payment, first PIPP payment, central air conditioning repairs, or may receive an air conditioning unit and/or fan.

For more information on the features of the Summer Crisis program and what is needed to apply, contact The Breathing Association at 614-457-2997 To be connected to your local energy assistance provider, visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or call (800) 282-0880.