Energy assistance program sees more than 100 in first day

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) –  Starting Monday, low income families can sign up for energy assistance. Through the community action agency the families can receive help with heating utilities.

It’s all in preparation for the winter season.

The director of the program told News 10 she came in at 6 a.m. Monday morning and already people were there. But what’s really shocking is that people camped out overnight, just waiting to fill out their application.

In Vigo County applications are taken on a first-come, first-serve walk-in basis.

Those who spoke to News 10 stated hundreds of people were there Monday, all waiting in lines that went out the door.

The director stated it’s a program meant to help people prepare for winter before the chance of running into payments troubles.

“Starting December 1st, once they get on our program, they’re protected. They cant be shut off until March 15th. But right now is a period where if they get help now and don’t pay next month they could be up for disconnect again. But they will pretty well be protected all winter,” Marlene Swan said.

Only 50 people can be seen a day. Clay and Putnam counties are by appointment. Those interested are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Vigo County: 705 S. 5th Street, Terre Haute (enter south side of building.) Walk-ins only. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a lunch break from 12 to 1 p.m. Call at (812) 234-3517

Clay County: 819 W. Knight Street, Brazil.  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a lunch break from 12 to 1 p.m. Call at (8120 443-0122

Putnam County: 20 E. Tennessee Avenue, Greencastle. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a lunch break from 12 to 1 p.m. Call at (765) 653-4017

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