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