Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides assistance to Ohioans who need help managing their energy bills. A federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Service (OCS), HEAP provides a one-time payment for public utilities. HEAP is divided into two primary programs to assist during extreme weather months:

Winter Crisis Program: November – March

The Winter Crisis Program provides assistance to eligible Ohioans who are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a one-day supply of bulk fuel in their tank.

Summer Crisis Program: July – August

The Summer Crisis Program provides a one-time benefit to eligible Ohioans with cooling assistance during the summer months. The program assists in the payment of an electric bill, and/or provides an air conditioner or up to two fans per household.

Who Is Eligible for HEAP?

To be eligible for the HEAP program, you must:

  • Be a resident of Ohio
  • Have a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidlines
  • Be facing disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel in your tank

For more detailed information on HEAP eligibility, please view:

How to Apply

To apply for HEAP assistance, you need to fill out this application. If you have any questions or need help completing the form, please call the Direction Home Akron Canton Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at 877.770.5558.