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Some residents are receiving assistance with their air conditioning bills

Some residents are receiving assistance with their air conditioning bills

Select residents of Athens, Hocking and Perry counties may receive assistance this summer

By: Lucy Schaefer

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A program is now available to residents of Athens, Hocking and Perry counties to help some residents pay their utilities or air conditioning during the summer.

HAPCAP’s summer crisis energy assistance program for private households started last week and runs until September 30.

It provides income-eligible residents with up to $500 or $800 to pay their utility bills, repair their air conditioning or purchase a new system.

Applicants must be at or below 175% of the federal poverty level, which equates to up to $54,600 per year for a family of four.

HAPCAP says it has already received around 100 applications.

According to PR coordinator Valerie Addis, the program meets a critical need.

“We see that a lot of our neighbors have extra expenses over the summer, especially if they have children who would normally be in school,” Addis said. “This is just a program that can help a little bit with those extra costs.”

For more information on eligibility requirements, visit the HAPCAP website or contact Sabrina Warren at [email protected]