This program provides financial assistance to low-income households that are threatened with disconnection, have had services disconnected, need to establish new or transfer service, have less than 25 percent of bulk fuel in their tanks / less than a 30-day supply of fuel, or have a household member that has been diagnosed with COVID-19. It is available to households at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and runs from November 2nd through March 31st.

Income guidelines for Winter Crisis Program

To be income-eligible, a household must have total household income for the last 12 months or 30 days equal to or less than 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG). Income guidelines representing the 175 percent calculation are revised annually. The period to be used in determining annual income must not be more than 12 months or less than the 30-day period preceding the request for assistance by the household. The following chart displays income levels by household size and should be used to determine eligibility. Income guidelines listed below represent the income limits for 2023-2024 energy assistance programs.

Federal Poverty Guidelines:

The FPG are revised annually. The chart displays income levels by household size for 175% of the FPG

Size of Household 12-Month Income Limit 30-Day Income Limit
175% 175%
1 $25,515 $2,097.12
2 $34,510 $2,836.43
3 $43,505 $3,575.75
4 $52,500 $4,315.07
5 $61,495 $5,054.38
6 $70,490 $5,793.70
7 $79,485 $6,533.01
8 $88,480 $7,272.32

When determining 175% of the FPG, households with more than eight members must add $8,995 to the yearly income or $739.31 to the 30-day income for each additional member.

How to Apply

Applying requires a face-to-face interview with an adult household member, at the agency, to determine eligibility.  Appointments can be made by calling the automated phone system at 330-892-8880.  Fridays will be same-day appointments only from 8:15am-1pm. All appointments are at the agency. All appointments are on a first come first serve basis until all appointments are filled for the day. 

If you have any questions about the Winter Crisis Program, please call (330) 424-4013.

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