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Ohio programs offer utility assistance

OHIO As the price of most things goes up, many people need help paying their utility bills.

What do you want to know

  • Utility bills will rise this summer, as will the price of gas and many other necessities
  • There are resources to help pay those bills for people in need.
  • Resources include the Ohio Home Energy Program and the Income Percent Payment Plan Plus.

Kathy Rush-Parsson, director of social services for Broadview Heights, helps people find the right programs that can help them pay their bills.

“It’s helpful to have someone come and talk to us because we can help them filter the appropriate program,” she said.

There will be an increase in electricity and air conditioning bills this summer, so she expects more people to call her office.

“People have to choose between paying their gas bill and putting gas in their car,” she said. “We certainly anticipate more people contacting social services for help.”

Wade Cramer is the Deputy Director of Social Services for Broadview Heights. He and Parsson primarily work for residents in the Broadview Heights area, but he said there are other resources like theirs that can help.

“It’s United Way 2-1-1 that people can call and ask for that kind of information, utility bill savings, so that’s great for the state of Ohio,” a- he declared.

Other resources include the Ohio Home Energy Program and the Income Percentage Payment Plan Plus.