Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

What is EAP?

The Low‑Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). LIHEAP assists low-income families with the high cost of home energy. Throughout Indiana, this program is known as the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). The program is managed by the local community action programs known as Local Service Provicers (LSPs). EAP can provide benefits to off‑set the high costs of energy, but does not have the funds available to pay all of a household's energy costs.

Other Information about the program such as the program manual can be found here.

How Do I Apply for EAP?

Energy assistance is determined on income. Homeowners and renters, even renters with utilities included in rent, may be eligible. Anyone wishing to apply should contact the local service provider. Local service providers are listed by county.  Applications are accepted in person or through mail

For a fillable application, or to download and print the application, please click here.  
For instructions on how to fill out an application click
here.
The online application is not available at this time.  COMING SOON

Important EAP application documents (Other documents may be required)
Landlord Affidavit
  
DWD Work release  
Zero Income Affidavit.  

If you are in disconnect, please do not mail your application! A mail-in application may take too long to process to prevent a disconnect! Please call and make an appointment with your local service provider.  A list of providers can be found within the menu at the top of the page.

Moratorium

Households who apply for EAP may be protected under Moratorium. The Moratorium law (Indiana Code 8 1 2 121) states that during the period from December 1 through March 15 of any year, a utility company may not turn off residential utility service to any customer who is eligible for and who has applied for the Energy Assistance Program. This includes utilities that are electric or gas, including a municipally owned, privately owned, or cooperatively owned utility.  The definition of municipally owned utility means every utility owned or operated by any city or town in Indiana.

Energy Crisis

The EAP program can also help households with energy crisis, such as disconnect, future disconnect or household running out of bulk fuel. For an energy crisis, households should contact the local service agent immediately. Mailing in an application with an energy crisis is possible, but could cause delays in helping with or avoiding the energy crisis. Contacting the local service provider may help the household from getting disconnected.

State Home Energy Assistance Program Description

Homeowners may also be eligible for an additional benefit through the Indiana Home Energy Assistance Program also known as State EAP. This program is funded by the multistate mortgage settlement fund. State EAP provides home energy assistance to homeowners. The program uses the same eligibility standards as the federally funded EAP program and no additional application is necessary. Homeowners who are eligible for Federal EAP will qualify for State EAP. Renters are not eligible for this benefit.

State EAP can also help with a crisis situation. Households having an energy crisis, should contact the local service provider immediately.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP): Homeowners completing the EAP application may be eligible for weatherization. There is a place on the EAP application where households who wish to be considered for weatherization can be referred. Once a household fills out an EAP application, no additional application is necessary. For more information on weatherization, click here.

Summer Cool program

If funds are available, IHCDA will also have a Summer Cool program. All households who received a regular EAP electric benefit during the heating season will receive a Summer Cooling benefit without having to fill out another application.

The program is not restricted to households who received the prior winter’s heating benefit.  A household who did not receive heating benefits during the heating season can apply for EAP to receive a summer cool benefit.  Households should contact the local service provider to apply for a summer cool benefit. For a list of local service providers, please see the menu at the top of the page.

Window Air Conditioners

Households may be eligible to receive an air conditioning unit in addition to the Summer Cool benefit. A window air conditioner may be awarded to income-eligible households who pay an electric bill and meet the medical conditions.  A household qualifies for the air conditioner benefit no more than once every five years, except in extreme circumstances such as a flood, tornado, or fire that caused the household to relocate.

EAP Dates of Operation

November 1, 2017

Statewide start of the Heating Assistance Program and State EAP program.

December 1, 2017

Start of Moratorium protection. Clients with active service who have applied for EAP are protected from disconnection until March 15, 2018. 

March 15, 2018

End of Moratorium protection.

May 18, 2018

End of the EAP heating season. Last day for households to apply.

June  2018

Summer program begins if funds are available

August 2018

Summer program ends, if applicable

Requirements to Receive Energy Assistance

Households may qualify if their income does not exceed 150 percent of federal poverty.  For example, the income limit for the 2017-2018 program year is $36,900 for a household of four. All household members age 18 and over must provide proof of income for 3 months. Income of full time students is not included.  The applicant for EAP must provide a copy of a state or federally issued photo ID such as a driver’s license, military ID, or passport. The applicant must be an Indiana resident by providing proof of homeownership, a current lease or be willing to acquire a signed landlord affidavit. Each household resident age one and over must have a valid social security number. If there are household members who do not have a valid social security number, the household may still be eligible for EAP benefits. Anyone in this situation should contact his or her local service agency. EAP benefits will be paid to utility vendors directly when utilities are in the household’s name. Households must also provide a utility bill. For households with utilities in the landlord’s name, a landlord affidavit stating that the utilities are in the Landlord’s name must be provided.

Other Utility Assistance

The EAP program may not be able to cover all of a household’s utility bill.  Some households may not be eligible in certain circumstances. Other resources for utility assistance are:

Township Trustee (http://indianatownshipassoc.org/index.php/indiana-townships)

Connect2Help: Dial 2-1-1

Salvation Army (http://salvationarmyindiana.org/contact/)

Catholic Charities (http://www.archindy.org/cc/indianapolis)