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MANSFIELD -- The Ohio Development Services Agency and Community Action Commission of Erie, Huron, and Richland Counties, Inc. (CACEHR) will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summ Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying electric bills or assistance paying for air conditioning repairs.

The program runs from July 1, 2021 until Sept. 30, 2021.

To apply for the program, clients are required to schedule an appointment with CACEHR. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 419-901-9539.

Clients need to bring copies of the following documents to their appointment:

• Copies of their most recent energy bills;

• A list of all household members and proof of income for the last 30 days or 12 months for each member depending on what type of income they receive;

Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members;

Proof of disability (if applicable);

• Physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health (if there isn't a household member over the age of 60); AND

• Additional documentation may be necessary on a case-by-case basis, this will be determined at your face-to-face or phone interview.

Last year, more than 767 families in Erie, Huron, & Richland Counties were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member (60 years or older), or those that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have a disconnect notice, have been shut off, are trying to establish new service on their electric bill, or require air conditioning.

Conditions can include such things as lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or asthma.

The mission of CACEHR is “To promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of those in need.” With this in mind, CACEHR strives to help each customer fulfill their potential in creating a household environment where utility burdens and other expenses aren't the forefront of everyday worries.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program, contact CACEHR; for the Erie County office call 419-626-4320; for the Huron County Office call 419-668-9823, and for the Richland County office call 419-589-2520.

For more information about energy assistance programs call 1-800-282 0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance) or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

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