LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Indiana
LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding
LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
150% Federal Poverty Level
LIHEAP FY 2013 Benefit
Heating: $185 minimum, $285 average, $385 maximum
LIHEAP Households Served
(Estimate for FY 2013)
LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: November 4 – May 16
Crisis: November 4 – May 16
State LIHEAP Resources
Legislation, since 1894, requires Indiana’s 1,008 towns and townships to provide “poor relief” that can include housing, utility, food, and medical assistance. Townships are local governmental units within counties and cities, with elected boards and trustees. Property taxes fund “poor relief”; each local entity establishes spending guidelines for the funds. Contact your township offices.
Income Qualified Weatherization: Equipped with state-of-the-art tools and a vast knowledge of energy-saving techniques, an Energy Advisor will come to your home and perform a complete assessment. During the assessment, an Energy Advisor will perform the following measures when needed:
- Install energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
- Insulate water pipes
- Install energy efficient faucet aerators and shower head(s)
- Conduct blower-door directed air sealing
To qualify for this home weatherization program, your annual household income cannot exceed 200% of the poverty guidelines. Contact Energizing Indiana at 1-888-446-7750 to find out if you qualify for our Weatherization Assessment Program, or visit the website to enroll.
Indiana Utilities with Low-Income Rate Assistance
Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO)
CARE: Provides bill reductions in addition to LIHEAP for customers falling within 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Once they are approved for LIHEAP, customers are automatically enrolled in the program and reductions range from 11 to 26 percent, depending on the same criteria used by the state in determining the level of assistance through LIHEAP. The monthly discount will be applied starting with December bills and will continue through May 31. If you apply for LIHEAP after December, the discount will be applied on the first bill after program enrollment. Contact an agency in your area that can assist you with applying for energy assistance.
Universal Service Program: Eligible customers, who have applied for the state’s LIHEAP through local community action agencies, will automatically be enrolled in the USP and will receive bill reductions in addition to LIHEAP. Monthly bill reductions will range from 9 percent to 32 percent of the total bill (not including LIHEAP benefits), depending on the consumer’s income level and utility provider. The monthly discounts begin with December bills or, if application for EAP is after December, with the first bill after program enrollment, and continues through May 31. To qualify for the program:
- Your total gross household income is at or below 150% of Federal poverty level.
- Your account is designated as residential gas heating.
- You reside at the service address.
- You have one active service in your name.
- You must re-apply for LIHEAP each heating season.
Indiana Utilities with Low-Income Energy Efficiency Resources
Share the Warmth: Vectren matches all public donations, up to an annual total of $200,000. Funds are distributed annually to the Indiana Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program. Weatherization services vary with each home, depending on home construction and condition. Recipients must be at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines and can apply by visiting their local Community Action Agency.
State utility resource information provided by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a service of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.