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Across many parts of the state we saw our first snow of the season earlier this week. As the temperature begins to get colder I want to remind everyone of the Energy Assistance Program (EAP).
EAP provides a one-time annual benefit that can assist eligible households with the high cost of home energy and from getting their utilities disconnected.
Listed below are the household income limits. For 1-8 household members the limit is 60% of the State Median Income. For households of 9 or more members, the amount is based on 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Please note that for eligibility determination, we use the most recent three months of income (outlined in blue). Monthly and annual equivalent amounts are listed above for reference purposes only.
A complete list of eligibility requirements and the steps to apply can be found at: eap.ihcda.in.gov.
CARES Act benefit
On top of the standard EAP assistance, an additional $350 CARES Act benefit remains available for households who have experienced a loss in employment income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The local service provider reviewing the application will determine if a household is eligible for the standard EAP assistance along with the additional CARES Act benefit.
Demand has increased
Understanding the need was likely greater due to COVID-19, we began accepting applications for this program year on September 14th. With that said, compared to the first 60 days of the applications being accepted during last program year, we have seen about a 30% increase. Therefore, it may take longer for our network of local service providers to review and process applications.
I encourage anyone that thinks they may need assistance paying their heat and electric bill this winter to visit eap.ihcda.in.gov or call 2-1-1 at their earliest convenience.
I would like to thank our EAP Manager Thomas Hartnett-Russell and his team here at IHCDA along with our network of local service providers for all they are doing to help individuals apply for and receive energy assistance.
I also want to thank you for your continued partnership and assistance in providing key resources like this one to the Indiana families that you serve. We are #INthistogether.