Help for Home Heating Bills Available!

The Emergency HEAP- Winter Crisis Program (WCP) will begin on Monday, November 3, 2014. ---Area Households May Be Eligible For Assistance With Their Home Heating Bills!--- In order to help those who have a critical energy situation, we will be doing "WALK-IN'S" Monday-Friday from 8:00 am- 3:30 pm at Ohio Means Jobs (formerly Job Source) located at 2247 Lake Avenue, in the Ashtabula Plaza, starting November 3, 2014.


 Walk-In slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and generally fill up early. Once all available slots are filled, no further walk-ins will be seen that day. All other customers will be asked to return on another day, or encouraged to call the Automated Appointment Line (866) 223-1471 to make a scheduled appointment. All customers are encouraged to call the appointment line for a list of required documents to be seen and complete the application.


 Beginning November 17, 2014 we will start having scheduled appointments Monday-Friday at our 6920 Austinburg Road location. Call (866) 223-1471 to schedule an appointment. Walk-In's will continue at Ohio Means Jobs as well.


 With potentially higher fuel costs for this winter season, we want to get the word out to eligible households. The WCP can provide a one-time payment per heating season for gas or electric utilities or toward the delivery of wood ($350), propane, fuel oil or kerosene (up to $750) to households when: a customer's gas or electric has been disconnected; a customer has received a final disconnect notice; or the customer has less than a 10 day supply of bulk fuel. This is still an income based program with eligibility based on the household gross income at or below 175% of the National Poverty Income Guidelines. All applications for Ashtabula County will be processed by Community Action.


 This is the fifth (5th) year for the PIPP Plus Program. There have been no changes to PIPP Plus. So if it is time to re-verify your PIPP Plus amount or you would like to apply for the Winter Crisis Program or Regular HEAP, call to schedule an appointment. For more information about any of these valuable programs, please call 2-1-1 Ashtabula County.