In Indiana, nearly 200,000 households out of 1 million eligible, low-income households received home energy bill assistance for the 2009 through 2010 winter season. Federally funded, but state-run through Indiana's Housing and Community Development Authority, the Energy Assistance Program provides winter heating bill assistance to low income households across the state on a first-come, first served basis.
Indiana residents will receive 117.6 million in federal energy assistance funding for the 2010 through 2011 winter season, down from 103.7 million in 2009, and 67.6 million in 2008. Nationally, the country will receive 5.1 billion in energy assistance in 2010, which is equal to 2009's allocation, but nearly double 2008's total funding of 2.57 billion.
The Indiana Energy Program provides financial grants directly to the household's home heating and energy provider, such as propane, electric, coal or heating oil companies. State-wide funding, which is run by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, is distributed at the county level by Community Action Agencies.
Income is the number one eligibility factor for the Indiana Energy Assistance Program. In order to be eligible, the combined income for every household member in the home must not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For a chart of all maximum income limits by family size, please see Resources below.
Eligible households may apply for the Indiana Energy Assistance Program by calling or visiting their local Community Action Agency, or CAA. For a list of CAAs by city, including phone number, website and mailing address contact information, see Resources. Applications may be sent by mail or brought into the local CAA in person.
If your household does not meet the income requirements for home heating bill assistance, you may still qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP. Funded by the Indiana Energy Assistance Program, WAP assists with home insulation, furnace or heater repair, and door and window sealing, which will help your household save on energy costs throughout the winter.