The energy assistance program (EAP) provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain utility services during the winter heating season.  This is a HEATING program, and Summer Cool program (when funding is available).

The United Way of Central Indiana, Connect2Help, and the John Boner Neighborhood Center are partnering to deliver the Marion County Energy Assistance Program during the 2018-2019 program year.

Income eligible families are provided a one-time benefit to their heating and electric companies to help offset the high cost of utility bills during the winter months.  Households must reside in Marion County and must have an energy burden.  Meaning the heat and/or electric utility expenses are the responsibility of the household.

The amount of energy assistance benefit is based on household size and income, type of dwelling (home, apartment, mobile home, etc.), housing status (subsidized or non-subsidized), at-risk factors (elderly, disabled or children age 0-5) and fuel source (gas, electric, bulk fuel, or heating included in rent).

Eligibility

Must be a resident of Marion County, Indianapolis.

Renters where heat and/or electric are included in rent MUST submit a Landlord Affidavit or current lease showing the amount of Rent paid, that utilities are included in the rent, and signatures.

Income Requirements

Income eligibility for Energy Assistance benefits (heating, crisis and summer cooling) is limited to households with a combined income for past three months. See as listed in Chart Below .

Household Size Monthly Income 2018 – 2019

Household  size Annual Gross Income Monthly Gross  Income Three month maximum
1 $23,732 $1,978 $5,933
2 $31,034 $2,586 $7,759
3 $38,336 $3,195 $9,584
4 $45,638 $3,803 $11,410
5 $52,940 $4,412 $13,235
6 $60,242 $5,020 $15,061
7 $61,611 $5,134 $15,403
8 $63,570 $5,298 $15,893
9 $70,050 $5,838 $17,513

More information can be found on IHCDA’s website.

In order to process an application the following MUST be provided for each household: 

  • Name, Date of Birth and Social Security card (exceptions may apply) for all household members.
  • Valid Driver’s License or Photo Identification card for all household member(s) present at time of application.
  • All homeowners must provide proof of ownership.
  • Copy of the current heating bill AND electric bill in the name of a household member 18 and older.
  • Renters with utilities included in rent must provide either a copy of the current Lease Agreement (dated within the last 24 months) OR a Landlord Affidavit completed and signed by applicant AND by the renter’s landlord.
  • All household members age 18 and older must submit proof of income for the past 12 3 months.
  • Any household member age 18 or older that worked at the same job for the past 12 3 months may submit their most recent Pay Stub.
  • Any household member age 18 or older receiving Social Security, SSI, or SSDI may bring an Award Letter or bank statement clearly showing the Social Security deposit amount.
  • Any household member age 18 or older that has no income for the past 12 3 months must bring a Work One Wage and Unemployment statement.
  • Any household member age 18 or older that received Unemployment Income during the past 12 3 months must bring in a Work One Wage and Unemployment statement.
  • Any household member age 18 or older that worked some (but not all) of the past 12 3 months must bring a Work One Wage and Unemployment statement.
  • High School and Full Time College Students that are 18 and older must submit a current class schedule, or current report card, that shows their full time status. (College students must have 12 or more credit hours).
  • Any military veterans must provide proof of veteran status.

All Work One Wage and Unemployment statements must be less than 60 days old.

*this is not an exhaustive list, additional documents may be required in some cases

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