Updated information on Summer Crisis Program

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GALLIA COUNTY — Eligible households can receive assistance with utility bills, central air conditioning repairs, and air conditioning unit and/or fan purchases through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program which runs from July 1 through Sept. 30.

According to a news release from the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7), Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have a member of the household who is at least 60 years old, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last twelve months, or can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health, are eligible. Additional eligibility factors include households who have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, or are trying to establish new electric services.

The Summer Crisis Program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. Thanks to a grant received by them, the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc., is able to make this program available locally to seniors and those with disabilities through a number of partners included in its 10-county District. They include:

Gallia County – Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency, Inc.;

Adams County – Adams/Brown Economic Opportunities, Inc.;

Brown County – Adams/Brown Economic Opportunities, Inc.;

Highland County – Highland County Community Action Organization;

Jackson County – Jackson/Vinton Community Action, Inc.;

Lawrence County – Ironton-Lawrence County Area Community Action Organization;

Pike County – Community Action Committee of Pike County;

Ross County – Ross County Community Action Committee, Inc.;

Scioto County – Community Action Commission of Scioto County;

Vinton County – Jackson/Vinton Community Action, Inc.

If interested in the application process, an appointment must be made with your local energy provider partner (listed previously). Additional information is required for the application including copies of your most recent utility bills, a list of all household members, proof of citizenship or legal residency for all household members, and proof of medical condition verified by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner. Applicants also need to include proof of income. Depending on your income type, additional forms may be required. Your local energy provider partner can help answer any questions regarding what items are needed and to answer any questions regarding the process or assistance.

For more information, log on to https://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapsummer.htm.

Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay.

Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. Information is also available on www.aaa7.org, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at info@aaa7.org.

Information provided by AAA7.

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