COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - COLUMBUS - As winter is fast approaching, the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) wants to remind Ohioans that heating assistance is available this winter to eligible households through the HEAP Winter Crisis Program. Administered by the ODSA's Office of Community Assistance, the program assists qualified Ohioans with winter heating costs November 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.
"With winter right around the corner, it is important that we provide Ohioans with assistance to maintain their heating source," said Christiane Schmenk, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. "The Winter Crisis Program is a valuable resource for Ohio's most vulnerable residents and is an important part of our mission to support Ohio's communities."
The HEAP Winter Crisis Program provides assistance once per heating season to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. Approximately 155,000 households were served during the 2011-2012 Winter Crisis Program.
Qualifying for HEAP is dependent upon the size of the household and the total gross household income for either the past three or 12 months, which must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The following are the Program Year 2012-2013 guidelines:
Size of Household Past Three Months' Income Past 12 Months' Income
1 $5,585 $22,340
2 $7,565 $30,260
3 $9,545 $38,180
4 $11,525 $46,100
5 $13,505 $54,020
6 $15,485 $61,940
7 $17,465 $69,860
8 $19,445 $77,780
Households with more than eight members should add $1,980 per member to the quarterly income or $7,920 to the annual income.
The Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Community Assistance administers the HEAP Winter and Summer Crisis Programs, the redesigned electric Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), and other state and federally funded programs that benefit Ohio individuals and families. The Office of Community Assistance, housed within the Community Services Division, coordinates its programs to form a comprehensive strategy to build stronger, healthier communities throughout the state.
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