Housing Services

Columbia Gas Warm Choice

Income Eligible homeowners or renters who are customers of Columbia Gas may be eligible for Columbia Gas Warm Choice. The Warm Choice program is funded by Columbia Gas. It provides eligible low-income households with services and repairs to make their homes safer and more energy-efficient. Total household income must be at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines.

Services may include:

  • A full home energy inspection
  • Attic and wall insulation
  • Air sealing
  • Safety checks on natural gas appliances
  • Natural gas furnace repair or replacement
  • Natural gas water heater repair or replacement

Community Assistance Program (CAP)

The Community Assistance Program (CAP) is an AEP funded program that supplements state and federal income qualified weatherization programs. CAP provides free products and services to reduce the energy burden and improve the home’s comfort and safety. Participating households must be at or below 200% poverty level and a customer of AEP.

Community Housing Impact & Preservation Program (CHIP)

The Community Housing Impact & Preservation Program (CHIP) is funded through the Office of Community Development utilizing Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) money. GMCAA administers this program for the County Commissioners. The grant is available to residents of Gallia and Meigs County who own their home and need health and safety repairs or first-time home buyers wishing to reside in Gallia or Meigs County. Activities which can be applied for through this grant are: Home Repair, Private Owner Rehabilitation, and Home ownership. Income for participating households must be at or below 80% Area Median Income.

Electrical Partnership Program (EPP)

The Electric Partnership Program (EPP) is a partnership with AEP whose purpose is to help eligible households lower their electric usage while saving money. An EPP provider will perform an in-home audit to assess the amount of electric being used and the efficiency of appliances. Customers will receive information on how they can reduce their electric use and improve their home’s efficiency. If the household qualifies, energy efficient measures such as replacement of light bulbs and appliances may be taken if the audit finds they are needed.

Customers of AEP who are enrolled in PIPP or HEAP can be referred to the program. EPP is available once per residency. If you move, you must live in your new residency for at least 6 months before re-applying to ensure a proper audit. Participating households must be at or below 150% poverty level.

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

The weatherization program is designed to improve energy efficiency and reduce the energy consumption of low-income households, making energy costs more affordable. It accomplishes this through the initialization of energy conservation measures in eligible households at no cost to the occupants. Households participating in the HWAP will receive a home inspection to identify the services necessary to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Services are provided through local agencies in each county. Participating households must be at or below 200% poverty level.

Measures provided by the program to the client may include:

  • In-home education
  • Safety inspection, tune-up/repair, and if necessary, installation of heating units
  • Insulation as needed
  • Reduction of air leakage from major sources

Ohio Development Services Agency
Business Response Line (BRL) web-link:
http://development.ohio.gov/contactus/ContactInfo.aspx

Home Weatherization Assistance Program Enhancement

The Enhancement Program is used to enhance energy efficiency efforts of the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) with a separate funding stream designed to cover the costs of specific allowable measures for targeted households. This program strives to provide a holistic approach to weatherizing homes in the most cost-effective manner by leveraging available resources. Program benefits include reducing housing hazards and promoting energy efficiency which will improve conditions and public health. Participants must be at or below 175% poverty level.

Housing Assistance Grant Program (HAGP)

The Housing Assistance Grant Program is funded through the Ohio Development Services Agency utilizing OHTF (Ohio Housing Trust Fund) money. It’s goal is to promote affordable housing opportunities and improve housing conditions for low-income families and individuals. The HAGP provides emergency health and safety home repairs or renovation for handicapped accessibility modifications. The program may utilize matching funds from USDA Rural Development or another eligible funding source. The homeowner’s income must be at or below 50% Area Median Income to qualify.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is a program funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The goal of the program is to assist with housing stability among very low-income veteran families who reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing. SSVF offers short-term housing assistance as well as case management while helping the Veteran to work towards reaching their goals for housing stability. If the Veteran is in need of long-term housing assistance or case management SSVF will help in referrals to the proper programs.

To be eligible for the SSVF program:

  • There must be a Veteran residing in the household. According to the VA a Veteran is defined as: A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service; and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. “Veteran” excludes a person who received a dishonorable discharge from the Armed Forces or was discharged or dismissed from the Armed Forces by reason of the sentence of a general court-martial.
  • The Veteran household must be below 50% of area median income.
  • The Veteran household must be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless (threatened with eviction).
  • The Veteran family must meet all criteria for being homeless “but for” the SSVF assistance.