The 2012 Summer Cooling Program operated by WSOS will begin June 1 and last until Aug. 31 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Appointments are being accepted now.
The program, which operated for two months the last several years, has expanded this year to include June. The benefit amount per household has also increased this year to $250, up $75 from previous years.
Income-eligible households in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties can seek assistance to pay their electric bills. This assistance is provided once per cooling season. In addition to the income eligibility, households are eligible if there’s a member who has an illness that would benefit from assistance, verified by physician documentation, or where there’s a member who is 60 years of age or older. These households may be eligible for an air conditioner if the household has not received one in the past three years or for electric bill payment.
To apply for assistance, applicants must have with them the following information:
• Proof of income, for all residents 18 years of age or older, for either three or 12 months
• A copy of the most recent utility bill
• Social Security numbers and birth dates for all residents in the home, and
• Medical documentation as specified above
In addition, Emergency Services program continues to certify residents for enrollment in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan for customers of Columbia Gas, the American Electric Power Company, Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison and Suburban Gas.
To make an appointment or for information, contact WSOS Emergency Services at 888-441-4327.