The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
The Breathing Association (TBA) understands that low-income families must often decide between keeping their homes warm in winter and cool in summer and paying other expenses. These decisions affect the health of our most vulnerable customer, those with diagnosed chronic lung and other diseases.
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) targets these households (175% of the Poverty Level) who are experiencing energy instability. The Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Community Assistance funds HEAP. In 2019, HEAP staff provided financial and budget assistance to Franklin County households in need. There were 6,510 Winter Crisis Program applicants (Gas, electric, propane, wood, coal in crisis and/or furnace repair.). We helped 831 Summer Crisis Program applicants. (60 years or older, medical letter of need and/or air conditioner ore central air repair.) We processed 11,152 HEAP applications. (A primary heat utility vendor payment). To maintain utility stability we assisted 14,616 Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP PLUS) an income based budget program that targets low-income households (150% of the Poverty Level) who have regulated utility vendors for their households. (6% for gas and electric or 10% of all electric households last 30 days of income.).
Our HEAP programs in their various forms provide crisis intervention and prevention.
HEAP services include: