Heating Assistance Available

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

The Ohio Development Services Agency wants to remind Ohioans that assistance is available to help with their home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps Ohioans at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines pay their heating bills.

Applied directly to the customer’s utility or bulk fuel bill, the benefit can help manage heating costs. This is not an emergency program. Customers who are threatened with disconnection, or have been disconnected from their utility service, may also be eligible for the HEAP Winter Crisis Program.  This program runs November 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.

Ohioans can visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to apply online, download a copy of the application or find contact information for a local Energy Assistance Provider (EAP). When applying, individuals need to have copies of the following documents:

  • Most recent utility bills.
  • A list of all household members (including birth dates and Social Security numbers).
  • Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members (12 months for certain income types).
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members.
  • Proof of disability (if applicable).


HEAP benefits are applied to an individual’s energy bill after January 1st. If you need immediate assistance with your energy bills, please contact your local EAP.

 

Delaware County

Bridges Community Action
Partnership

937-642-4986

Fairfield County

Meals on Wheels – Older Adult Alternatives

740-681-5050

Fayette County

Fayette County Commission on Aging

740-335-2159

Franklin County

Catholic Social Services

614-221-5891

Franklin County

Community Resource Center
(Clintonville/Beechwold)

614-268-3539

Licking County

Catholic Social Services

614-221-5891

Madison County

Bridges Community Action Partnership

937-642-4986

Pickaway County

Pickaway County Commission on Aging

740-474-8831

Union County

Union County Senior Services

937-644-1010

              

Summer Crisis Program Starts July 1

The 2021 Summer Crisis Program (SCP) will provide eligible households with a one-time benefit to assist with electric utility bills, central air conditioning repairs, and air conditioning unit and/or fan purchases. Household income must be at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and household’s must have at least one additional eligibility criteria listed below:

  • A household member who is age 60 or older.
  • A household member has a documented medical condition verified by a licensed medical professional who is qualified under Ohio law to write prescriptions.
  • A household member that was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 12 months. May provide a written statement as proof of medical diagnosis.
  • Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP) customers are eligible for assistance towards their default PIPP payment, first PIPP payment, central air conditioning repairs, or may receive an air conditioning unit and/or fan.
  • A household’s electric utility has a disconnect notice, has been shut off, or new electric service is being established for the household. These households may also receive an air conditioning unit and/or fan or central air conditioning repairs, if the household can maintain electric service for 30 days.

This year the program will be open July 1 – September 30, 2021. The maximum benefit amounts for the 2021 program are: $500 for customers of regulated utilities and $800 for customers of unregulated utilities (municipal utilities or cooperatives). Air conditioning units and/or fans may only be provided to eligible customers who have not received an air conditioning unit or fan in the last three years.

New this year: The utility assistance benefit is separate from the additional benefit. Households may receive the maximum utility assistance benefit towards their electric bill and still receive an additional benefit (i.e., central air conditioner repair, air conditioner unit, and/or fan).

SCP appointments should be scheduled with the local energy assistance provider.  To schedule an appointment call the Home Energy Assistance Provider for your county listed below:
 

County

County Organization

Number

Delaware

Bridges Community Action Partnership

740-369-3184

Fairfield

Lancaster-Fairfield

833-232-1749

Fayette

CAC of Fayette County

740-335-7282

Franklin

IMPACT Community Action

866-747-1038

Franklin

The Breathing Association

866-861-6399

Licking

LEADS – Buckeye Lake Office

740-928-4481

Licking

LEADS – Newark Office

740-345-3133

Licking

LEADS – Pataskala Office

740-927-6861

Madison

Bridges Community Action Partnership

740-852-3511

Pickaway

PICCA

833-359-2804

Union

Bridges Community Action Partnership

937-642-4986

There are a lot of resources available to central Ohioans on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccine rollout, and these resources provide information from the local, state, and national perspective.

STATE RESOURCES

Ohio's new centralized scheduling tool is available at http://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Find vaccine providers and learn more about Ohio's vaccine program at http://vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov. It is searchable by county and zip code to find local health departments, hospitals, federally-qualified health centers, and some retail pharmacies that are providing vaccinations.  

LOCAL RESOURCES

County and local health departments: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/find-local-health-districts

Franklin County Public Health is scheduling vaccination appointments for eligible Ohioans at bit.ly/vax2normal.

Columbus Public Health: Learn more about eligibility and registration at Columbus.gov/c19vax. Schedule an appointment by calling 614-645-1519 or visiting https://redcap.columbus.gov/surveys/?s=HWED7FWCJA.

Delaware General Health District: https://delawarehealth.org/covid-19/

Fairfield Department of Health: https://www.myfdh.org/COVID-19-Information.html

Fayette County Public Health: http://faycohd.org/covid-19-dashboard/

Franklin County Public Health: People can schedule an appointment through the department’s website at covid-19.myfcph.org/vaccine or by phone at 614-525-5225.  

Licking County Health Department: https://www.lickingcohealth.org/COVID-19.html

Madison County Public Health: https://www.co.madison.oh.us/services/public_health/covid19.php

Pickaway County Public Health: https://pickawaycountypublichealth.org/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/

Union County Health Department: http://www.unioncountycovid.org/

Helpful Videos

Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts answers some frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine (1-11-21): https://youtu.be/hhJuYbH3rQY​COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Franklin County, video from Franklin County Public Health (1-5-21): https://youtu.be/yrQSREevIyQ
COVID-19 Phase 1A, video from Franklin County Public Health (1-7-21): https://youtu.be/ZkVY_JACRNs 
COVID-19 Phase 1B, video from Franklin County Public Health (1-12-21): https://youtu.be/UBSH5181pfk
Columbus Black Physicians Network has produced a video to communicate the safety and support for Ohioans of color to get the COVID vaccine titled Our Community vs. COVID 19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzrxLqcOqeY
Myths vs. Facts COVID-19 Vaccine: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-program/19-vaccine-myths-vs-facts

NATIONAL RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine article: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fvaccines%2Fabout-vaccines%2Fhow-they-work.html

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

 

 

Organizations around central Ohio are offering resources and information to help older adults during these extraordinary times due to COVID-19.  If you are in need of assistance, the following organizations may be able to help.  Certain requirements to qualify may apply.  Call ahead to learn more.  We will continue to update this list as we learn of additional resources.

Fayette County

Fayette County Commission on Aging - currently offering supportive services that can be done over the phone and Meals-on-Wheels if individuals meet criteria.  Call 740-335-2159  

Fairfield County

Meals-on-Wheels of Fairfield County – accepting volunteers to help with emergency food drops, tele-friend phone calls, packing food, and delivering meals.  Call 740-681-5050.  www.mowfc.org

Franklin County

Columbus Area Food Resources - information about food pantries, soup kitchens, grocery stores, and lunch programs in central Ohio.

Friendly Phone Line – The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, Greater Columbus Network of Villages, and Clintonville Community Resource Center are all partnering to offer a phone line to senior citizens who are looking for a friendly conversation.  During these times of social distancing, the phone line is a resource to combat loneliness.  The number is 614-993-3614.  Older adults may call Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Hilltop Produce Distribution - The Hilltop YMCA (2879 Valleyview Dr, Columbus, OH 43204) is offering a produce distribution in their parking lot from 4-6pm beginning tomorrow, April 1st and April 15.  This will be a drive through operation, but walk-ups are also welcome. Please bring a valid photo ID. 

The B.R.E.A.D Organization (Building Responsibility, Equality, and Dignity) – B.R.E.A.D is offering a similar phone line to help senior citizens experiencing social isolation.  For more information, visit www.breadcolumbus.com or call 614-220-9363

Mid-Ohio Food Bank – Connects hungry neighbors with food and provides efficient and effective ways for people to meet their basic food and nutrition needs.  Call 614-277-3663.  www.midohiofoodbank.org 

New Albany Food Pantry –They are available to drop off food as needed to seniors. New Albany Food Pantry: 79 N. High Street, New Albany OH 43054. Per Mid-Ohio Food bank guidelines, they service zip codes related to the NAPLS school district. Along with 43054, those areas codes are in some of Blacklick and some of Westerville.  Call 614-413-7907

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, Necessity boxes - Older adults in greater Columbus who are in need of food and supplies can call Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center at 614-268-3539. 

Catholic Social Services Money Management – assists seniors who are having difficulty managing daily finances.  Call 614-221-5891. www.colscss.org

The Columbus Department of Neighborhoods created a sheet in multiple languages to prevent the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.
English
Arabic
French
Nepali
Somali
Spanish

HandsOn Central Ohio service finder – The HandsOn Central Ohio service locater can direct you to local food pantries, as well as other resources. 

Shopping Angels - service that shops for and delivers groceries to high-risk groups or those who are self-quarantined.  Individuals pay for their own groceries.  614-664-9155 

Madison County

Mt. Sterling Community Center Food Pantry – food pantry will have pre-packed food boxes delivered in the parking lot during regular pantry hours, Tues. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. -1 p.m. as long as there are food resources.  Call 740-869-2453.  www.mountsterlingcc.org 

Licking County

Licking County Aging Program - offering home-delivered meals, adult day services, and transportation to medical appointments.  Call ahead to 740-345-0821www.lcap.org

Union County

Union County Senior Services - provides resources that address feeling isolated.  Call 937-644-1010.

Additional Information and Resources
 

Ohio Department of Health – COVID-19 Call Center

The Ohio Department of Health opened a call center to answer questions from the public regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) 

Resources for Unemployed Ohioans Fact Sheet - Helpful information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that offers free resources that explain how to apply for unemployment, how to meet program eligibility requirements, and how to access free employment services.  

2-1-1 Information and Referral Services – number to connect people to information and referral services.  Trained professionals will assist individuals and families in finding the help they need.  For more information about your 2-1-1 provider in Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties, visit 2-1-1 Providers.

Ohio Attorney General – The Ohio Attorney General encourages Ohioans to follow tips to avoid coronavirus-related scams.  Learn more by reading the latest news release from the Ohio Attorney General.

Special Shopping Hours for Seniors - information about stores providing special hours to senior citizens and those at risk.  Call your local store for details.

This page is for the COAAA Building Request For Proposal process.  Below you can find links to the RFP document and the Questions and Answers section.

 

Questions and Answers

Q: Where can I find information about the RFP?

     A: All the information about the RFP is in the Building RFP document linked above.