Residents seeking assistance to pay their electric bills or who need a free room air conditioner have until August 31 to apply for such assistance.
Brian Taylor, basic needs specialist at WSOS, said since the start of the program on July 1 he has seen a steady increase in the requests for assistance.
“It’s been a steady stream of applications,” Taylor said. “The high temperatures in July did not help.”
The three-month program, operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, is available to income-eligible households in the four-county area of Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties.
This assistance is provided once per cooling season. In addition to income eligibility, households are eligible if there is a disconnection notice, if there is a member who has an illness that would benefit from assistance, verified by physician documentation, or where there is a member who is sixty (60) years of age or older. These households may be eligible for an air conditioner if the household has not received one in the past three years or for electric bill payment.
The benefit amount has increased this year to $250 per household.
In addition, Emergency Services program continues to certify residents for enrollment in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) for customers of Columbia Gas, the American Electric Power Company, Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, and Suburban Gas. For more information, contact WSOS Emergency Services at 1-888-441-4327.