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"Summer Crisis Program" Helps Keep Ohioans Cool

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It has certainly been a warm summer in Ohio, and the extreme heat can cause severe harm to one's health. That's why the "Summer Crisis Program" was put in place: to protect those most vulnerable from the summer heat.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm

With temperatures topping out in the lower 90's this week, the Ohio Development Services Agency is offering financial help to low income households where a family member is sensitive to the heat.

The Summer Crisis Program offers a one-time benefit of $175 dollars to those who qualify. Randy Hunt of the Ohio Development Services Agency says the money can be used to buy an air conditioner, a fan, or lower the cost of a cooling bill.

"The main purpose is to help those individuals who are the more vulnerable citizens with some assistance to help them beat the heat at this time of year," he says.

To qualify, families must have an annual income at or below 175% of the federal poverty level. Plus, at least one household member must be at least 60 years of age, or have a medical condition that requires them to stay cool.

Hunt says as many as 40,000 Ohioans take advantage of the program annually.

Benefits can be claimed at a local participating community center. The program ends at the end of August.

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