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Energy Assistance Program for low-income households to begin on Nov. 3
The South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) will
begin accepting applications on Nov. 3 for assistance with winter heating and
the purchase of bulk fuel.
Each household applying for the Energy Assistance Program
will need to provide income documentation for the past 12 months for all
household members ages 18 and older, current heat and electric bills, social
security cards and a landlord affidavit form for those who rent.
and other program materials are available on the Energy Assistance page at
“We are making every effort to make this year’s program as efficient
and customer friendly as possible,” SCCAP Energy Assistance & Family
Development Program Manager Thomas Hartnett said. “We expect to serve over
4,000 households this winter, which means our offices will be extremely busy at
times. We encourage applicants to bring the required documents with them to the
office in their county and we will do our best to help them apply for
assistance as quickly and easily as we can.”
SCCAP has received an initial allocation of $2,222,560 in
federal funding from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
(IHCDA) for energy assistance this winter. Last year, SCCAP served more than
Eligibility for the Energy Assistance program is based on
gross household income -- household size- maximum annual income: 1-$17,505;
2-$23,595; 3-$29,685; 4-$35,775; 5-$41,865.
The purpose of the Energy Assistance Program is to help keep
members of low-income families safe and healthy, and assist them in achieving
energy self-sufficiency and avoiding utility disruptions.
Customers are encouraged to control energy costs and
identify strategies which allow them to pay their future energy bills. SCCAP
will offer its energy education workshop for those who want to participate. Participants
will receive information on staying warm while reducing utility costs.
Energy Assistance - Things to Remember
- Starting 2014-15, the
Energy Assistance Program will only offer benefits if the utility is in the name of an adult household
resident, age 18 and over.
- All EAP
benefits are not final until submitted to the utility vendor for payment.
Benefit amounts are subject to change
pending review by the local community action agency.
- Actual payment
of your EAP benefits may take up to 120 days from the application date.
- Even though
you are getting help with your utility bills, EAP benefits will not cover them completely. So YOU must
keep paying on your bills throughout the year.
- Once you are
approved for EAP, some utility
companies are regulated by a state law that says you can’t be
disconnected from December 1st through March 15th.
However, you may be
disconnected before December 1st or
after March 15th if your financial obligation with utility vendor
exceeds the amount of your EAP benefit.
- Remember that
EAP is only helping you with your heating bills. You still
need to keep your water, sewage, rent,
and phone bills current.
- If you are
having trouble keeping your bills current, talk to a case manager at the community action agency. If your utilities are currently
past due, talk with your utility
company to see if you qualify for a payment arrangement that will bring the bill current
services may help reduce your energy consumption. Ask what you can do to conserve energy and how the weatherization program
might help you.
For additional information about energy assistance, the
public should call one of the following offices: Monroe County, 812-339-3447;
Brown County, 812-988-6636; Morgan County, 812-342-1518; Owen County,
812-829-2279. Offices are located at 746
Memorial Drive in Nashville, 1500 W. 15th Street in Bloomington, 133 W.
Washington Street in Martinsville and 145 N. Harrison Street in Spencer.
SCCAP is also seeking applicants for its Weatherization
Program. The Weatherization Program reduces energy consumption in low-income
households and insures that each client has a safe, operating heat source. Each
client receives a furnace inspection and an energy audit. SCCAP uses private contractors to repair or
replace heat sources, install insulation and seal the homes. The program is
federally funded and is free to participants in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen
To be eligible to have your owner-occupied or rental home
weatherized, your household income must not exceed federal poverty guidelines. To
apply, call 812-339-3447, ext. 224.