Applications available for seniors needing heating bill help

By Mark Shuller - Email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - For people with low or modest incomes, high energy prices are a frightening prospect as we head towards cold weather. But help is available through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) ( which is administered by the Ohio Department of Development through local Community Action Agencies. The program helps low-income Ohioans pay their home heating bills.

HEAP is available in two types: regular and emergency. People can find out whether they may be eligible by completing an application. Although HEAP is for low income utility customers of any age, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) is involved in the program by providing information and applications to seniors.

Last year, COA and area senior centers provided information or assistance with HEAP applications to nearly 3,000 older and disabled adults.

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older adults and their families. Since 1974, COA has been designated by the state of Ohio as the Area Agency on Aging for Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties. COA plans, coordinates, funds and administers programs for an area that is home to more than 252,000 adults age 60 and older.

COA promotes choice, independence, dignity and well-being of older adults through a range of services that help them remain in their homes for as long as possible. One call to COA links people to the wide variety of agencies, information and programs that serve older adults.