Rep. Arnold: Keeping Hoosier homes warm this winter

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Monday, November 14, 2016

As the winter months and cold temperatures approach, this time serves as a reminder that some Hoosiers may be eligible for energy assistance through the Low Income Heating Assistance Program. Our state offers low-income households financial assistance to keep their utilities connected during the winter months through this program.

This program is implemented by the state’s Community Action Agency, which has outreach offices in every county. For the location and contact information of each county’s Energy Assistance Program office, visit www.incap.org/cap_agencies.html or call toll free 1-800-382-9895.

Indiana law protects low-income households that qualify for the Energy Assistance Program from having their utilities being disconnected through the duration of Indiana’s typically coldest months, Dec. 1 through March 15. Households may qualify if their income does not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, as an example, $36,450 for a four-person household. The household must have an active utility account and the utilities need to be listed in the name of a household resident who is at least 18 years of age.

In addition, local utility providers are lending aid to those in need. Duke Energy customers may be eligible for its Helping Hands Program, which assists those who are struggling with winter electric bills. This program provides Hoosiers with a one-time payment of up to $300 toward their electric bill, if the local EAP agency determines they are eligible. Duke Energy offers this program through the generosity of shareholders, employees and fellow customers.

It is great to see our state and local providers working to keep everyone warm this winter. Keep in mind, utility disconnects are not performed on any customer when temperatures drop to 25 degrees or below. Indiana’s utilities and Community Action Agencies also offer assistance in weatherizing homes against the elements. I encourage Hoosiers to visit www.in.gov/ihcda and click on the “Energy Assistance Program” tab for more information.

Please contact me with any questions or input at 317-232-9793 or by email at h74@iga.in.gov. Learn more about the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h74.

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State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

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