Winter Crisis Program (WCP) is a federally funded program administered in Portage County by CAC, and is available to provide assistance once per heating season (November 1st - March 31st) to eligible low-income households that are disconnected, threatened with disconnection, or have less than a ten-day supply of bulk fuel. Customers must be below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines for past 30 days.
WCP will restore or maintain the primary heat source and/or secondary energy source up to State of Ohio maximum benefit of $175. Users of fuel oil/propane may receive a benefit of up to $750. Users of wood, coal and pellets may receive a benefit up to $450. The benefit is based on the total dollar amount needed to resolve the crisis situation for the primary and/or secondary energy source, and does not cover total debt owed by the client. A client co-payment may be necessary to resolve the crisis.
Appointments can be made by calling 1-234-703-4303 or 330-297-1456, option 1. We have an automated appointment system that is available 24 hours per day to schedule an appointment. You may also schedule your appointments online at https://app.capappointments.com (make sure that you accept your appointment and get a confirmation number. If you hang up without getting your confirmation number, the appointment will not save and is cancelled.)
wwwRegular HEAP CAC offers the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. It helps eligible Ohioans pay their home energy bill The benefit is applied directly to a customer's utility bill or bulk fuel bill. Customers may apply online at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.
Summer Crisis Cooling (SCP) Between July and August each year, CAC operates the Summer Crisis Cooling Program, or Summer HEAP. Regulations for this program may vary slightly from year to year. Under this program, any individual over 60 or with a respiratory condition may receive a one-time payment on their electric bill, and may be eligible for a new window air conditioner and/or fans. All applicants must also meet income guidelines. Contact CAC for more information at 330-297-1456 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
This season's Summer Crisis Program has been expanded to assist the community in managing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. SCP will be available July 1st through September 30th.
This year's benefits include electric bill payments, window a/c units, fans, and a/c repair for central air. Each household's benefit can be up to $500.00, and they will be eligible for a combination of these benefits based on household needs and eligibility.
To be eligible, the household has to be at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines, AND meet one of the following criteria:
Have a household member 60 years old or older
Have a medical form filled out by a doctor, this can include a diagnosis of Covid-19 but due to HIPPA, does NOT have to specifically state COVID-19.
Have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and be willing to write and sign a statement of such.
Have a disconnect on their electric bill
Have an electric bill that has PIPP default, or enrolling on PIPP.
Electric bill must be in an adult household members' name
For air conditioner and fan benefits, household cannot have received an air conditioner or fan from HEAP within the past three (3) program years (2017, 2018, 2019).
Scheduled appointments will be conducted via telephone interview. An intake specialist will call the customer at the date and time of their appointment to start an application and will discuss the documents that are required and how to turn the documents to CAC.
Walk-ins or "call-ins" will be accepted Monday through Thursday mornings starting at 8:00am. Information on the program and a regular HEAP application can be downloaded by accessing the agency's website at www.cacportage.net. For more information, please contact the Community Action Council of Portage County, PO Box 917, 1036 W. Main Street, Ravenna, OH 44266 @ (330) 297-1456, press 1 for HEAP. Fax: (330) 297-1463.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS In order to be eligible for HEAP, a household income must be at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines for the program. The guidelines are listed below:
Below are the current Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2020-2021:
A household applying for HEAP must report total gross household income for the past 30 days for all members, except wage or salary income earned by dependent minors under 18 years old.
Documents needed for assistance:
Picture I.D. for person applying on behalf of household
Social Security Numbers for EVERYONE in household
(Social security cards can be used as proof of citizenship)
Proof of Citizenship for ALL household members
(Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Military ID, US Passport, Voter Registration Card).
All pages of most recent Ohio Edison bill
If your service is new, transfer, or OFF for more than 30 days, you will need to have a letter 29 faxed to us from Ohio Edison 800-633-4766
Most recent Dominion or Bulk Fuel bill
If service is new, transfer, or has been OFF for more than 10 days you will need to bring a pending account number from Dominion 800-950-7989
Proof of household income for ALL household members age 18 and over for the past 30 days is required
Below is a list of the most common types of income (your individual household situation may require you to bring something that is not listed below):
All paystubs or employer printout that includes gross income & pay dates with any medical/child support deductions.
SSI/Social Security, Pension, Utility Allowance, Student Loans or grants, TANF
Child support print out for all children, or statement from child support that there is no child support order when both parents do not live in the same household.
Help from a non-household member requires a statement from anyone that is helping you. Statement MUST have the following information included:
Name, address, and phone number of the person who helps you
How much money they give you
How often money is given (specifically for the last 30 days)
Must be signed and dated with the amount that has been given in the past 30 days.
Notarized statement from adult household member, if representing a household that you do not live in.
Seasonal Employment: You need the most recent 12 months of income. This can be pay stubs or seasonal employment verification form.
Self-Employed: Any jobs you are paid cash for as well as odd jobs etc, are considered self-employment. You need your most recent IRS 1040 (entire tax return), If you do not file a 1040 form with the IRS, you must provide an IRS Verification of Non-filing letter along with a completed Self-Employment Income and expense form.
If claiming zero (0) income you must fill out a zero income form explaining how you have been surviving on Zero income, AND may be asked to obtain a tax transcript and/or additional documentation. You can call for the tax transcript at 1-800-908-9946 orWWW.IRS.GOV