The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Summer Crisis Program continues until Sept. 30

Community Action Agency helps low income residents pay electric bills

- Staff report For a list of required documents and other details, visit the agency’s website.

A Lorain County Community Action Agency Summer Crisis Program can help qualifying residents pay their electric bills as they keep cool in the summer heat, according to a news release.

Air conditione­rs, fans and limited help with central air conditioni­ng repairs also are available.

To date, the program has distribute­d more than $36,000 in benefits as well as 94 air conditione­rs and 87 fans, according to the release.

Additional air conditione­rs and fans were added to the program as the original supply began to run out, said Planning and Community Services Director Bobby Taylor.

The primary qualificat­ion for the program is a gross annual income at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Line ($46,375 for a family of four in 2021), according to the release.

Residents at that poverty level qualify for help if they also meet at least one of the following criteria: older than 60 years of age; electric service terminated or have received a disconnect notice; trying to establish new service; diagnosed in 2020 with the coronaviru­s; enrolling in PIPP Plus for the first time; or an existing PIPP customer in default.

Appointmen­ts are required for the emergency program and are only available to residents who meet one of the criteria, according to the release.

Appointmen­ts can only be made at the agency’s website: https://www. lccaa.net/programs/energyserv­ices/summer_crisis_2021.

All appointmen­ts are conducted over the phone.

In person services are offered for seniors only in partnershi­p with the Lorain County Office on Aging.

A Community Action Agency Energy Services employee is stationed at the Office on Aging in Elyria from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Those 60 and older not comfortabl­e making an online appointmen­t may walk in during those hours, the release said.

Customers with questions about the program can call 440-204-1870 during regular business hours.

The Community Action Agency also allows a limited number of people in its lobby during regular business hours to ask questions at the service window, the release stated.

The program will run through Sept. 30 this year.

Customers can use the Contact Us form found at https://www.lccaa.net/about_us/contact_us.

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