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2017 HEAP Summer Crisis Program Starts July 3rd

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The Ohio Development Services Agency and LEADS will help income-eligible Ohioans stay cool during the hot summer months. The Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans assistance paying an electric bill. The program runs from July 3 until August 31, 2017.

“July and August can be two extremely hot months in Ohio, and that can take a toll on older Ohioans and Ohioans with breathing conditions,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

In 2016 more than 139 families in Licking County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program.

“It’s important that our seniors receive this assistance during the hottest days of Summer”.

The Summer Crisis Program assists low-income households with an older household member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. Conditions can include lung disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or asthma.

Eligible households can receive up to $300 if they are a customer of a regulated utility, or $500 if they are a customer of an unregulated utility’s

such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities. The assistance is applied to their utility bill. Ohioans 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.

Ohioans enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus Program (PIPP Plus) are not eligible for bill payment assistance through the program, but are encouraged to work with LEADS to identify other opportunities for assistance.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program locally, contact LEADS Newark Center at 740-345-3133 or 740-345-4566.  Buckeye Lake Center at 740-928-4481 and Pataskala Center at 740-927-9861.Additional  information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling (800) 282-0880.

June 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm | General, Utility Assistance | No comment

HEAP-Energy Assistance Program Application 2016-2017

HEAP Application 2016-2017

November 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm | Utility Assistance | No comment

Winter Crisis Funds

2016-2017 Public Notice Winter Crisis Funds

November 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm | General | No comment

Seeking Roofers!

LEADS, Inc. is currently seeking roofers to contract/bid on full and partial repair jobs. Interested individuals can pick up a contracts/bidders packet at 160 Wilson Street, Newark, OH 43055 or call 740-349-0200.

August 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm | General | No comment

Invitation for Bid

Notice to Bidders: LEADS Community Action Agency intends to buy cellulose for the purpose of HWAP/Insulation to meet State Standards. Please visit the Notice to Bid under “Latest News & Media”.

June 10, 2015 at 3:14 pm | General, News | No comment

Website Online

Our website has returned! We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused and we thank you for your patience.

Kenneth A. Kempton, CEO
LEADS Community Action Partnership

October 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm | General | No comment

Fraud Alert: Phone Calls requesting Personal Information

LEADS was made aware recently by the State of Ohio Office of Community Assistance of a Fraud Alert that could effect some of our Community Service clients.  Please read the following information:


It has been brought to our attention that there are clients receiving calls from an agency identifying as a “HEAP” provider or in some cases from “The Energy Assistance Program”.  The caller is requesting personal bank account information and social security numbers.  Reports indicate that the calls are coming from a 1-800 number and in all cases the caller states “HEAP” was awarded extra money to assist with customers because of the recent cold snap and that bank account information is needed in order to credit the award to their bank account.

These calls are not from the HEAP providers or the Energy Assistance Program (The actual HEAP process does not include deposits into bank accounts, rather they credit the person’s energy bill).   If you are a client of LEADS and receive this call please contact one of our Community Service Offices to report the phone call. You can reach the Newark Office at 740-345-3133, Buckeye Lake at 740-928-4481 or Pataskala at 740-927-9861.

February 13, 2014 at 7:40 pm | General | No comment

National Emergency Grant (NEG) Program

On June 29th and June 30th 2012 the State of Ohio suffered widespread damage due to severe windstorms that came through the area. Both Licking and Guernsey County were declared disaster areas by the federal government, because of wind related damage too many public lands, including parks and waterways. A National Emergency Grant (NEG) was provided to Licking County Job & Family Services to assist in the clean-up with LEADS as the Project Operator. The program started at the end of December 2012 in Guernsey County and January 2013 in Licking County. During the program, LEADS was able to train 44 participants in the program. You can get further information about this program and its successes by clicking on the link below.

National Emergency Grant (NEG) Report

January 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm | General | No comment

Invitation to Bid- Rooftop HVAC System

Invitation to Bid

LEADS intends to replace a Rooftop HVAC system for one of their buildings.  Please click on the link below to review the bid

All bids must be received by 4:00PM on January 3, 2014

If you should have any questions, comments or bid packets, please direct them to:

Debbie Wright – Maintenance Facilities Manager

159 Wilson Street

Newark, Ohio 43055

740-349-8025

Invitation to Bid- Rooftop HVAC System

December 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm | General | No comment

LEADS Grand Reopening Celebration of Windsor Heights Apartments

LEADS held a Grand Re-opening celebration of Windsor Height Apartments in New Lexington, Ohio on October 18, 2013. The residents along with all the partners involved in the remodel were able to attend the celebration. Windsor Heights Apartment underwent an extensive rehabilitation due to being awarded funding through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency 2010 Housing Tax Credit Program. This allowed LEADS to update the kitchens/bathrooms, new windows, roof replacement, vinyl siding, add additional space in the community room and provide a new patio seating area for the residents to enjoy the outdoor scenery s urrounding the property.

Funds have been provided by The Federal Home Loan Bank through the Affordable Housing Program and Ohio Capital Finance Corporation. The construction loan was financed by Park National Bank and Fairfield Homes, Inc. was the construction contractor.  Wallick Companies provides the property management.  Windsor Heights is a 25 unit senior property.   The total cost of the rehabilitation which was completed in early October of 2013 was $3,917,783.00.  Since 1990, LEADS Community Action Agency has developed 38 affordable housing projects in 21 counties in Ohio with a total of 1,309 apartments and single family homes.

Outside of Windsor Heights before the remodel

Outside of Windsor Heights after the remodel

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony From left to right: Teresa Groves, LEADS Assessment Management Director; Ken Kempton, LEADS CEO; James Hunley, Owner of Sunset Development & Investment; Leonard Gorsuch, Fairfield Homes CEO; Laszlo Krompecher, KOE Architects; Ben Goates, Development Analyst for Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing; Mary “Huggie” Murray, Resident of Windsor Heights; Andrew Bailey, Interim Director of Planning, Preservation and Development of Ohio Housing Finance Agency; Tom Sulens, VP of Century National Bank; Emily Schmidbauer, Field Representative of US Representative Steve Stivers; Melissa Dallas, VP of Public Affairs for Federal Home Loan of Bank of Cincinnati; Stan Uchida, VP of Park National Bank; John Stock, Owner of Stock Development Company

November 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm | General | No comment

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