COLUMBUS (AP) — A state program to help lower-income people with summer cooling costs has reached 66,000 Ohioans this year — over a third more than last year.
The HEAP Summer Crisis Program through the Ohio Department of Development distributed money to 40,000 Ohioans in 2011.
The program provides assistance to low-income households with an older or sick member. Eligibility was expanded this year to include households facing disconnection of electric service or whose service was already turned off.
Households could receive as much as $250 to buy an air conditioner or fan, or pay the electric bill.
This year’s program runs through the end of August.