For Immediate Release
October 18, 2018

CAO of Scioto Co., Inc. Contact:         

Angela Davis (740) 354-7541


Ohio Development Services Agency Contact:

Penny Martin (614) 644-8774



Ohio Development Services Agency and CAO of Scioto County help

Ohioans Stay Warm this Winter

HEAP Winter Crisis Program Begins November 1


CAO of Scioto County and Ohio Development Services Agency will help Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected from their heating source, threatened with disconnection or if they have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The program runs from November 1, 2018 until March 31, 2019.


“Working with CAO of Scioto County, we’re helping Ohioans manage their energy costs this winter,”

said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.


More than 3,500 families in Scioto County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program last year. From November 2017 – March 2018, more than 97,816 Ohioans were helped by the program statewide.


To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program, a household must be threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $43,925.


Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider. Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:

  • proof of income (copies of pay stubs)
  • copies of their most recent energy bills
  • Social Security Cards for all household members
  • proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members


Examples of documents that are accepted to prove citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security Card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, and INS ID Card.


To schedule a face-to-face interview in Scioto County please call the CAO HEAP office at (740) 351-1184.


Ohioans can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance or visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htm for more information about the Winter Crisis Program.


For more information about energy assistance programs in Scioto County call CAO HEAP (740) 354-7541.  Outside Scioto County, call (800) 282-0880 for a list of energy assistance providers select option 2, or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.