COLUMBUS – The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) remind Ohioans that assistance is available if you have been disconnected or are threatened with disconnection from your utility service.
The Winter Crisis Program, a component of the Home Energy Assistance Program, provides assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. The gross income of eligible households must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $41,737.50.
Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at their Winter Crisis Program provider. Lake area contacts are: Fairfield County – Community
Action Program Commission of the Lancaster/Fairfield Area at 740-653-4146; Licking County – LEADS at 740-349-8606; and Perry County – Hocking, Athens, Perry Community Action at 800- 686-1093.
Ohioans also can call the ODSA toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial (800) 686-1557 for assistance) or visit energyhelp.ohio. gov for more information.