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Help available to stay cool this summer

NEWARK – The LEADS and Ohio Development Services Agency will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months by helping pay an electric bill. The program runs from July 1 through August.

In 2017 more than 131 families in Licking County were helped by the program. Assistance is provided to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. This includes lung disease; COPD; or asthma.

Eligible households can receive up to $300, if they are an AEP customer or $500, if they are a customer of an electric cooperative. The assistance is applied to their utility bill or applied to central air conditioning repair costs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify.. Ohioans enrolled in PIPP Plus or with a PIPP Default are not eligible, but are encouraged to check with LEADS for other opportunities for assistance.

Appointments start June 25. Call Gary McAfee at 740-928- 4481- Buckeye Lake. Visit for more information.

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