Don’t worry about the safety of your family during the coming winter: prepare for the cold with the right heating system that, yes, we know, can shoot up electricity bills, but that’s what the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is for. It is intended to help vulnerable individuals and families can maintain a comfortable and safe living environment during extreme weather conditions.
In the state of Indiana, this program is known as the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). EAP in Indiana is administered by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA). It works to distribute the assistance funds to eligible residents of Indiana who are struggling with their energy bills.
Applications for the Winter Energy Assistance Program (EAP) In Indiana Now Open
Applications for the winter energy assistance program in Indiana are now being accepted, so those Hoosiers concerned about their heating bills will have that helping hand just in time. This program provides a one-time payment that can be used to cover both electric and gas bills, depending on the individual’s situation and needs.
To apply for this program, residents of Indiana can choose from various methods, including in-person applications, online submissions, mailing their applications, or calling 211 for assistance. It’s important to ensure that all required documentation, such as proof of a social security number, a valid photo ID, and employment information for individuals aged 18 and older in the household, are provided during the application process.
Things to Be Considered to Apply For LIHEAP/EAP Funds
the size of the benefit or assistance provided is not directly determined by the size of the energy bill. Therefore, it is recommended that concerned Hoosiers apply for the program as soon as possible, even while continuing to make regular bill payments.
In addition to financial assistance, Indiana law offers protection to utility customers during the winter months, starting from December 1st. This protection applies to those who have applied for EAP in the current program year, whether or not they have been approved. This measure helps prevent disconnections for certain regulated utilities.
United Way’s Winter Assistance Fund Is Open for Those Who Don’t Qualify for EAP
For those whose income exceeds the EAP requirements, there is still help available through the United Way’s Winter Assistance Fund. This initiative, active from November through May, is specifically designed to offer vital support to the residents of Indianapolis who find themselves in a financial bind, striving to cope with escalating utility bills but falling just outside the eligibility criteria for the government’s LIHEAP program.
The list of locations that accept applications for the United Way’s Winter Assistance Fund is the next:
- Burmese American Community Institute (BACI)
4925 Shelby Street, 46227
- Concord Neighborhood Center
1310 S. Meridian Street, 46225
- Family Promise of Hendricks County
238 N Vine Street, 46218
- Jewish Family Service at the Reuben Center
6905 Hoover Road, 46260
- Lawrence Township Trustee
4455 McCoy Street, Suite 100, 46226
2855 N. Keystone Avenue, Suite 170, 46218
- Warren Township Trustee
501 N. Post Road, 46219
- Coburn Place Safe Haven
604 E. 38th Street, 46205
- Decatur Township Trustees Office
5410 S High School Road #1/2, 46221
- Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center
2990 W. 71st Street, 46268
(317) 293-2600, Ext. 122
- John Boner Neighborhood Centers
2236 E. 10th Street, 46201
- Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
1920 W. Morris Street, 46221
- Perry Township Trustee
4925 Shelby Street, Suite 400, 46227
- Washington Township Trustee
5302 N. Keystone Avenue, Suite E, 46220
- Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE)
8902 E. 38th Street, 46226
- Edna Martin Christian Center
2605 E. 25th Street, 46218
- Hawthorne Community Center
2440 W. Ohio Street, 46222
(317) 637-4312, Ext. 123
- The Julian Center
2011 N. Meridian Street, 46202
- MLK Center
40 W. 40th Street, 46208
- Pike Township Trustee
5665 Lafayette Road, 46254
- Wayne Township Trustee
5401 W. Washington Street, 46241