Heating and Cooling Assistance

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program designed to help low income households meet the high costs of home heating during the winter months. HEAP provides a one-time payment from the state of Ohio credited directly to the customer’s main heating utility company. Households must be below 175% poverty level. HEAP runs from July 1st through March 31st. Applications can be filled out and sent to the state; Gallia Meigs Community Action Agency can complete one during a face to face interview; or an application can be filled out online.

Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP)

The Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) is an income based year-round payment arrangement that helps households maintain their natural gas and/or electric service. Gas and electric companies which area regulated by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) accept payments based on a percentage of the customer’s household income. The balance of your utility bill is subsidized by the state of Ohio. Paying on-time and in-full each month reduces your outstanding balance. If you make 24 on-time and in-full payments, your outstanding balance with your utility company will be eliminated. Households must be at or below 150% poverty level. An application for any energy assistance programs that the household may be eligible for will be completed at this time.

Summer Crisis Program (SCP)

The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program (SCP) provides a one-time benefit to eligible households with cooling assistance during the summer months. The focus of the SCP is to provide bill payment assistance for persons 60 years of age and older or those with a certified medical condition.

If funding allows, help with central air repair or receiving a window unit may be possible. Window units are only provided for households with no central air and who have not received an air conditioning unit through the program in the past three years. Only one unit per household.

Households enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program but are encouraged to work with their local Energy Assistance Providers to identify opportunities for assistance. Households must be at or below 175% poverty level. The program runs from July 1 to August 31, or until funds are depleted.

Winter Crisis Program (WCP)

The Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program ( E-HEAP), also known as the Winter Crisis Program (WCP), helps income eligible households maintain their heating utility and/or furnace repair. Emergency assistance is provided to households that have had utilities disconnected, face disconnection, have a 25 percent or less supply of bulk fuel, or less than 10 day supply of wood or coal. The WCP allows a one-time payment per heating season to restore or retain home heating. Ohio households, serviced by a PUCO-regulated utility, must sign up for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) or another payment plan in order to receive emergency benefits. Households must be at or below 175% poverty level. The program runs from November 1 until March 31