Eligible residents can receive summer energy assistance

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - As summer temperatures continue to climb, the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA) is working to provide relief for the elderly and for those suffering from heat-related health problems.

Monday was the first day that families struggling to keep up with their summer energy bills may apply for CAA's Summer Crisis Program.  Eligible individuals may receive up to $175 in financial assistance.  A limited number of fans and air conditioners will also be available for eligible families at no cost.

"With rising utility costs, we anticipate an even greater need for the program this summer," said Gwen Robinson, CAA President and CEO. "We are here to help those who are most vulnerable to the extreme summer heat."

To be eligible, families must reside in Hamilton County, earn a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (a family of four earning an income of $44,100 or less), and must either:

  • Have a household member who is sixty years of age or older; or
  • Be able to provide documentation of medical necessity from a physician for a household member who is under sixty years of age.

Families who received an air conditioner through the program in 2008, 2009, or 2010 are not eligible to receive another air conditioning unit.

CAA is accepting walk-ins Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m. (except federal holidays). Homebound persons may be eligible for a home visit to receive assistance completing an application. For information available 24 hours a day, the public may call (513) 569-1850 or visit CAA's website at www.cincy-caa.org.

The SCP is a part of CAA's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), which is federally-funded and administered across the state by the Ohio Department of Development.

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