June 30, 2000 - Columbus, Ohio
- Handing Off Some Heat
Heating Assistance Program Shifting to Development Department
The Ohio Energy Credit Program is moving. On July 1, the
program, which annually lowers heating bills for thousands of
low-income elderly and disabled Ohioans, will relocate to the
Department of Development. The Department of Taxation has
been running the program since it began in October, 1977.
The shift to Development was decreed by a state law effective
last October. The move brings together in one place all the
residential energy subsidy programs. The Department of
Development also administers the Home Energy Assistance
Program (HEAP) and the Home Weatherization Assistance Program
The Energy Credit Program is available to residents who are
totally and permanently disabled, or 65 years or older.
Participants must also be the head of a household (or spouse)
and have an annual household income less than $9,091. Those
who qualify are eligible for a 25% or 30% (determined by
income) reduction of their heat bills from December through
April. Residents using bulk fuel (wood, oil, gas, etc.) can
receive a direct payment of $125 per season.
The Energy Credit Program during the 1999-2000 season
assisted 41,876 households across Ohio.
There are currently three Department of Taxation employees
assigned to the program. All will be transferring to new
positions within the Department.
The Department of Development will begin taking applications
for the next heating season beginning in September, 2000. For
an application or information about the program, call