State Social Services
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. It helps eligible Ohioans pay their home energy bill. The benefit is applied directly to a customer’s utility bill or bulk fuel bill. The amount of the benefit is determined by the number of people in the household, the heating source, and the region of residence.
Requirements: Ohioans with a household income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program.
Ohio Development Services Agency
The homestead exemption allows low-income senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled Ohioans, to reduce their property tax bills, by shielding some of the market value of their homes from taxation. The exemption, which takes the form of a credit on property tax bills, allows qualifying homeowners to exempt up to $25,000 of the market value of their homes from all local property taxes.
Requirements: Age 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled with an annual household income less than $31,800.
Ohio Department of Taxation
Local Auditor’s Office, varies by County
In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Insurance provides Medicare beneficiaries with free, objective health insurance information and one-on-one counseling through a program called the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP). OSHIIP’s hotline experts, speaker’s bureau, and trained volunteers educate consumers about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), Medicare Advantage options, Medicare supplement insurance, long-term care insurance, and other health insurance matters. Contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578.