Winter energy financial assistance now available to Hoosiers

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – There is now winter energy financial assistance available to Hoosiers.

With warmer weather than normal for this time of year, people may not be thinking about heating costs. However, now is a good time to prepare before the winter weather does hit.

There are several financial options open to Indiana residents.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides assistance to low-income households to maintain utility services during the winter heating months. The program is implemented through the Community Action Agencies with outreach offices in every county.

LIHEAP is for homeowners who are at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. In order to quality for help, they must be approved at a local agency through the mail-in process or by appointment.

  • Income- Households may qualify if their income does not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, as an example, $36,450 for a household of four. All household residents age 18 and over must provide proof of earned and unearned income for 12 months.
  • Utilities– The household must have an active account and have the utilities listed in the name of a household resident age 18 or over, legal power of attorney or landlord. All applicants must provide the most recent utility bill for the primary heating and electric sources.
  • Proof of Residence– The household must provide a current lease or be willing to acquire a signed landlord affidavit.
  • Social Security Number Verification– Each household resident age one (1) and over must have proof of a valid social security number, given by the Social Security Administration

Click here for information on how to contact organizations offering help in your county.