The Breathing Association as a HEAP provider
is aware that on a daily basis low income families have to decide
between keeping their homes warm in winter and cool in summer versus
creating high energy bills that they are unable to meet. These
crucial decisions affect the health of our most fragile and vulnerable
customers; those with diagnosed chronic lung health issues. We
are also aware that many customers use alternative methods to
heat their homes (using stoves, making inside fires in closed
areas, etc.) to provide warmth. It is these times that HEAP dollars
protect health and safety.
In 1988, TBA was the first agency to partner
public health and energy by providing air conditioners and electric
utility vendor payments to households who were income eligible
and had lung health diagnosis. This program was known as “Project AirCare”.
In 2005-2006, TBA expanded its energy assistance program and opened
a year round HEAP program to all eligible Franklin County residents.
This program provides a number of services under its HEAP umbrella: The Winter Crisis Program (WCP), Summer Crisis Program (SCP), Percentage
Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus), and Regular HEAP.
All programs with the exception of
Regular HEAP must have a face to face interview. Households must
be income eligible, and provide other documentation (see program
guidelines). If a household receives a payment, PIPP or an alternate
payment plan must be set up to make the remainder of the bill more
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri:
8:30am - 5:00pm
8:30am - 7:00pm
Closed for lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm
By appointment only EXCEPT
from 8:30am - 10:00am
first 25 walk-ins are accepted.