CAO Summer Crisis Program ends Aug. 31

By Ryan Ottney

August 13, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

August can be one of the hottest months of the year in Ohio, especially for those without air conditioning. The Community Action Organization (CAO) of Scioto County and Ohio Development Services Agency will help income-eligible Ohioans purchase an air conditioner and/or assist in the payment of an electric bill, helping them keep cool during the hot summer days until Aug. 31, 2013.

According to Bill Thacker, Executive Director of CAO of Scioto County, more than 1,600 families in Scioto County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Summer Crisis Program in 2012.

The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance 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 can include lung disease; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; or asthma, which affects more than 850,000 Ohioans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Eligible households can receive up to $175 to purchase an air conditioner and/or to assist in the payment of an electric bill. 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 $41,212.

“For older Ohioans and those with breathing conditions, the heat can take its toll. Together with CAO of Scioto Co., Inc., we are reducing the risk of heat related illnesses in our communities,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

For more information about the Summer Crisis Program, contact CAO of Scioto County HEAP Office at 740-354-7541. Additional information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov, or by calling the toll-free at 1-800-282-0880.

Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, rottney@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news follow Ryan on Twitter @PDTwriter.