The State of Ohio Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) has been helping low income households reduce heating expenses during the winter onths for more than 30 years. Application forms are available at area senior centers, post offices, libraries, banks, social service agencies (DJFS, Salvation Army, etc.) and foodbanks.

The HEAP Winter Crisis Program may help those households who have disconnect notices on their gas or electric bills or those that have less than a 10-day supply of fuel oil, propane, coal or wood. Income eligibility guidelines begin with $20,598 for a one-person household and increase by $7,280 for each additional household member.

Although these programs are for any low income household, help reach out to your elderly or disabled friends, neighbors and relatives.

If you or someone you know needs help to stay warm this winter, call HARCATUS Family Support toll-free appointment hot line at 1-855-806-9650.