Help with utilities available


Greene County News

XENIA — The Summer Crisis Program, which provides electric bill payment assistance to eligible families, continues through Wednesday, Aug. 31, or until funds are depleted.

Community Action Partnership will provide assistance to households with incomes at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of four, this is a yearly household income of $42,525. The maximum benefit amount is $300 for customers of regulated utilities.

Customers currently enrolled in the PIPP Plus Payment Program may not receive a payment from the Summer Crisis Program. Summer crisis funds may be used for one payment for the current electric bill, or a utility account deposit, transfer of service, or disconnect fees.

Also, Community Action Partnership and Lowe’s will distribute air conditioners to eligible households who have not received an air conditioner between 2013 and 2015. Households meeting the income guidelines may also qualify for assistance if they have a member age 60 or older.

Individuals with a documented medical condition may be eligible for benefits. They must provide documentation of their condition signed by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner.

Those wishing to apply for the Summer Crisis Program will need to provide: Income for the primary applicant and all household members age 18 or older; Social Security cards and ID for the primary applicant and all other household members age 18 or over; proof of medical condition documentation signed by a licensed physician or registered nurse practitioner (if applicable); current electric and gas bills.

Greene County residents can make an appointment for the Summer Crisis Program by calling 937-376-7747.

For more information on eligibility or scheduling an appointment, visit or call 800-282-0880.

Greene County News Report compiled by Scott Halasz.

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