13WTHR reports that Indiana residents can finally begin applying for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This program is federally funded, helping low income residents of the state pay their energy bills in the winter via money sent to various community organizations.
According to the information provided for the program, the assistance provided through it will only cover a portion of a home’s energy bills, with the rest being the responsibility of the home owner. Additionally, those who are accepted can apply for a moratorium which will prevent gas and electric from being shut off in a residence between the months of December and the middle of March.
Application is open to any household within the state whose gross income is below 150% of the federal poverty level. This will be especially helpful to families in these next few months, as Indiana ranked as the 28th poorest state in the country, with a poverty rate of 15.2% in 2014. With the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, impoverished residents have one less thing to worry about this season as temperatures drop.
Those in need of assistance this year can apply both in person at a local county clerk’s office or by mail. A full rundown of restrictions and further information on the program, as well as who to contact for assistance, can be found here.