1331258_electric_meter.jpgEnergy Assistance for Cleveland Residents

Is the cost of your energy bills becoming too much for you to handle? Listed below are several utility assistance programs available for residents in the Cleveland, OH area:

Through their Department of Aging, the City of Cleveland strives to be elder friendly by enhancing the quality of life for Cleveland's seniors by providing advocacy, planning, service coordination and the delivery of needed services. One of the most requested services offered by Cleveland's Department of Aging is the Utility Bill Payment Assistance. Through the Utility Bill Payment Assistance program, Cleveland residents are provided with information about several programs that are available. These programs include:

Homestead Program: The Homestead Program offers reduced water and sewer bill rates for eligible Cleveland residents. To be eligible for the program, residents must be over the age of 65 or be permanently and/or totally disabled as determined by a state or federal agency. For more information about the program, click here.

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program): Administered by the Ohio Department of Development, HEAP is designed to eligible low-income households meet the increasing cost of home heating. Through HEAP, eligible households will receive a one-time payment or credit that will be applied to their energy bill. The amount of assistance received will depend on an individual's household size and income as well as the primary fuel that is used to heat the home. Applications for the 2011-2012 HEAP program will be accepted from August 2011 through May 2012. For more information about HEAP, click here.

Emergency HEAP: Administered through local community and social service agencies, Emergency HEAP provides energy assistance to eligible households who have been threatened with a disconnection, those who are disconnected or those who have less than a 10 day supply or 25 percent supply of bulk fuel left in their trunk. For more information about the program, click here.

Summer Crisis Program: Funded through Ohio's Office of Community Services (OCS), the Summer Crisis Program assist households in paying their summer cooling bills. Through the program eligible low-income households are provided with a one-time payment of up to $175. For more information about the program, click here .

For more information about the services and programs offered through Cleveland's Department of Aging, call (216) 664-2833.

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