The Summer Crisis Program (SCP) began July 1st. SCP provides up to $250 in utility assistance to qualified applicants, and targets households with seniors age 60 and over or with individuals who have a medically diagnosed chronic illness or disease. Assistance can include supply of a new air conditioner, monetary assistance, or a combination of both. As the maximum benefit is $250, in some cases a co-pay may be required from the customer to ensure thirty days continuous service, which is the goal of this program. PLEASE NOTE- NEW THIS YEAR------ Participants in the PIPP Plus year-round payment program will not be eligible to receive a utility payment. However, PIPP Plus customers may be eligible to receive an air conditioner if they have not received one from the program in 2012, 2013, or 2014. To qualify for this program, households must have an annual gross income of 175% of the federal poverty level or below. A customer does not need a disconnect status to receive assistance through SCP. If a household has received an air conditioner in the last three years, they are not eligible for one this year, but if eligible, they could receive some financial assistance. To complete the application, the following items are needed: *Photo ID (Driver’s License, Ohio ID Card); *Original Social Security Cards and dates of birth for all household members; *Current electric and gas bills that are in the name of one of the adult household members; *Proof of gross income for everyone in the household for the past 90 days; *If no household member is age 60 or older, a documented medical condition verified by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner on letterhead, stamped, or prescription note (NO COPIES or FAXES). The document must say ”Due to an illness, this client would benefit from continued electric and/or air conditioning.” Applications will be processed at our building at 6920 Austinburg Road by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment call the automated line 866-223-1471. For further assistance or general information, please call 2-1-1.