The Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission administers several different resources and services for local residents. Families and individuals can get help with paying for everything from utility and heating bills, rent and mortgage payments, and even get free medical and dental care. Find more information on how you can get help with your bills below.
Dental Bill Assistance - The Ashland Dental Clinic was created back in 1998. The aim of the clinic was to to meet the local community need of affordable dental services. They will serve both the under-insured and uninsured families in the area. In addition, the program is inclusive and will assist Medicaid patients, the uninsured, under-insured, help people on Managed Care Plans and even treat people with private insurance. Find additional ways to get help with dental bills. Learn more.
Emergency Services Program - This will provide assistance to those individuals and families who are facing a crisis situation. The program can provide grants for rental assistance, heating and utility assistance, they run a food pantry, and even provide emergency shelter for the homeless. Individuals and families who are facing eviction from their home or apartment may obtain rental assistance through the Emergency Services Program. In addition, those people who are threatened with disconnection of their utilities, whether it is their natural gas, electric, or water service, may obtain aid through the utility assistance program that is offered. They also provide information & referrals to other state of Ohio and federal government programs. Find information on other government programs.
Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)- This is a federally funded government program that was created and designed to help low and middle income households meet the high cost of home heating bills as well as summer cooling expenses. The Emergency HEAP benefit provides assistance once per heating season to qualified households who are threatened with disconnection,, disconnected from their service, or it will help those people who have less than a ten day supply of bulk fuel or heating oil. A direct payment will be made to the utility company on your behalf. Those households serviced by PUCO-regulated utilities must sign also up for the Percentage of Income Plan (PIPP) in order to receive emergency benefits from the HEAP program. This PIPP plan will allows customers to pay 10-15% of their gross monthly income for their primary utility service and 3-5% for secondary utility service.
Food Aid - The Holmes County Food Pantry is for individuals and/or families who need help providing for their families. Applicants can receive a 3 - 5 day supply of free food staples and vouchers that can be redeemable at a local grocer for dairy products or other needed food items. The program is funded via the Emergency Services Program.
Home Weatherization Assistance Program - This free program can help people save hundreds of dollars per year on their energy bills. Contractors will perform diagnostics on each applicants home to ensure that the best possible weatherization measures are completed. The work done on a home will include inspection and repair or replacement of heating unit, installation of insulation in attic and sidewalls, whole house diagnostic inspection, various energy saving procedures and updates, and also information & referral to other programs. The Weatherization Program also works closely with two utility programs, Warm Choice and TEE, in addressing health and safety issues that a homeowner may need help with. The Warm Choice Program is available to all Columbia Gas of Ohio customers who meet the established income guidelines and if they own a heating unit that is unsafe to operate. On the other hand, the TEE Assistance Program is eligible to American Electric Power customers who meet the income guidelines and if they own a total electric home with a heating unit that is unsafe to operate for the family.
The Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission is located in Coshocton, OH and they can be reached at (740) 622-9801.
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