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Rep. Jarrells highlights community resources available to help residents of Franklin County with home energy bills

January 18, 2023
Dontavius L. Jarrells News

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) today highlighted a community resource available to residents of Franklin County to assist with home energy bills.

IMPACT Community Action is an organization located in Columbus whose mission is “to fight poverty by providing hope-inspiring help and real opportunities for self-sufficiency” for residents of Franklin County. Partnering with the Ohio Department of Development, IMPACT Community Action recently sent a reminder to Ohioans living in Franklin County about the assistance they have available to help with home energy bills.

Specifically, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps Ohioans at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines pay their heating bills. Ohioans who are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected from their utility service, transferring services, establishing new services, have a PIPP default with a disconnection notice at or below 25% fuel, may also be eligible for the HEAP Winter Crisis Program, which began on Nov. 1, 2022.

“I applaud IMPACT Community Action and the Ohio Department of Development for their work to provide relief for residents of Franklin County who are burdened by rising energy costs,” said Rep. Jarrells. “No family should be forced to choose between staying warm and putting food on the table, which is why these community resources are vital to supporting working families. My office is open and available to assist any Ohioans accessing these resources.”

Ohioans can visit to apply online, download a copy of the application, or find contact information for a local Energy Assistance Provider. Individuals will need to have copies of the following documents to include with their application:

  1. Most recent utility bills.
  2. A list of all household members (including birth dates and Social Security numbers).
  3. Proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members (12 months for certain income types).
  4. Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency for all household members.
  5. Proof of disability (if applicable).