The Community Action Council of Portage County is currently accepting appointments for the Summer Crisis Program which began on July 1 and runs through August 31st.

To make an appointment for this program, please call 330-297-1456 ext 1. The CAC is also offering walk-ins on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Doors will open at 8 a.m., and will see the first 12 households.

Households will be required to bring all necessary documentation to the scheduled appointment/walk-in. Those who do not have everything needed to process application will be required to re-schedule.

The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member's health.

Assistance includes continued electricity, window air conditioner, and/or fans. Eligibility for window air conditioners and fans is limited to individuals who have not received assistance in the past 3 years; total assistance for each household is limited to $300 or below.

Once an appointment is made, residents must bring all necessary documentation, including all household income for the most recent 90 days, electric bill, heating bill, proof of citizenship (birth certificate, social security card etc.), and proof of disability if disabled, to the appointment in order to receive assistance.

Households that are enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP+) are not eligible to receive a payment on their electric bill, but may be eligible to receive an air conditioning unit and/or fans.

Households must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for assistance. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $43,050.

For more information about what to bring, or to make an appointment, call CAC at 330-297-1456 and press 1, for additional questions, call 330-297-1456 ext 0, or visit us at 1036 West Main Street in Ravenna.

CAC's hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. Additional information can also be found at cacportage.net.