The Council for Economic Opportunities will help eligible Cuyahoga County residents stay cool during the hot summer months through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program. The program helps income-eligible Cuyahoga County residents with payment of an electric bill or the purchase of a fan/air conditioning unit to help ease the burden caused by summer heat.

The program runs from July 2 until August 31, 2018. The program operates each week day at the NEW HEAP Office located at 2203 Superior Ave. in Cleveland.

NEW THIS YEAR: YOU MUST HAVE AN APPOINTMENT TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE. WE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT WALK INS. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Please call (216) 518-4014 to make an appointment.

In 2017, the Council for Economic Opportunities helped 1, 129 households in Cuyahoga County through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program. The agency also distributed 408 air conditioning units.

This program provides a benefit once per cooling season to Cuyahoga County residents who are at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, have a household member age 60 or older and/or a household member with a documented medical condition requiring air conditioning.

NEW THIS YEAR: income requirements have changed! OCA now requires 30 days or 12 months of income to qualify for HEAP, Summer and Winter Crisis and PIPP Plus. All seasonal and self-employed applicants must provide 12 months of income.

Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program, but are encouraged to work with The Council for Economic Opportunities to identify other opportunities for assistance.