Governor Taft Announces Expanded Home Heating Assistance for Low-Income Ohioans

Governor Urges All Ohioans to Conserve Energy This Winter

COLUMBUS (October 6, 2005) - With the expected high cost of utility bills in the coming winter months, Ohio Governor Bob Taft today took steps that will enable the state to help more low-income Ohioans keep the heat on this winter.

"With heating bills on the rise this winter, we are working to protect our most vulnerable citizens from having their heat shut off," Taft said. "This new program, coupled with a common-sense weatherization and conservation strategy, will ensure that Ohioans can heat their homes and make ends meet without the risk of discontinued service."

To help Ohioans through this winter season, Governor Taft today:

Last week, Governor Taft joined 27 other governors in signing a letter to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee seeking additional emergency funding through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which funds Ohio's HEAP. In the letter dated September 28, 2005, the governors urged members of Congress to recognize that covering dramatic increases in natural gas and heating oil prices will pose an immense challenge for citizens as winter arrives.

The new HEAP/TANF program will be administered through the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), which currently oversees the HEAP program. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please contact the ODOD's Home Energy Assistance Program toll-free at 1-800-282-0880 or for TDD 1-800-868-1557.
Current State of Ohio efforts for residential users: