Help available for Ohioans to pay winter heating bills

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Pathway Toledo is teaming with the State of Ohio to remind residents about winter heating assistance available to qualifying households.

The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program--or HEAP--runs from November 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

To qualify a household must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, the annual income must be at or below $43,050.

People interested in receiving HEAP assistance must have a face-to-face interview at Pathway, Northwest Ohio's local HEAP provider.

Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:

• Proof of total income for the last 90 days for everyone 18 years of age and older
• A copy of the applicant’s social security card and numbers for everyone in the household regardless of age
• Valid, government-issued photo identification (i.e., a driver license)
• Current utility bills for gas and electric regardless of account status
• Documentation of co-payment if required
• Proof of disability
• If the utility services are off or being transferred to another address, a copy of the applicant’s lease is required.
• Tax Transcripts and/or Verification of Non-Filing of Returns for ALL 18 years of age and older, if household states they have zero income; Child support printout, food stamps printout for all zero income households
• Letter of support if required
• Food stamps printout for all zero income.
• Proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members

Pathway offers prescheduled appointments only at three locations across Toledo:

• Pathway’s Central Office at 505 Hamilton Street, Toledo OH 43604
• Lucas County Jobs and Family Services at 3210 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43606
• East Toledo Family Center at 1020 Varland Ave. Toledo, OH 43605

Appointments may be scheduled by calling 1-866-504-7392.