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Do you need help to beat the heat?
HEAP Summer Crisis Program offers up to $250 toward equipment, electricity

June 20, 2012

Is your old fan working overtime?Summer is officially here, but we've been experiencing summer-like weather for several weeks now in Ohio. While people's opinions will differ about at what point "warm" becomes "hot," and how hot is too hot, one thing we can't argue about is that our bodies deal with heat differently as we age/ Plus, medical conditions and prescription drugs also can affect our normal body responses to heat. As a result, people age 65 and older are at increased risk for heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Each year, the Ohio Department of Development works with state and local partners to offer the HEAP Summer Crisis Program. If you meet income guidelines and your household includes someone who is at least age 60, you may qualify for a total benefit of $250 that you can use to purchase an air conditioner or fan, or help pay your electric bill. You may also qualify if a member of your household has a medical condition, such as lung disease, COPD or asthma.

Officials began accepting applications June 1 and the program will operate until all of its funds have been expended. Eligibility has been expanded to include households facing disconnection of electric service due to non-payment. You must sign up at a participating provider. Call your provider for more information and to schedule an appointment and find out what documentation you need to prove eligibility.

For more information about this and other program to help with energy costs for heating and cooling, visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

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