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$67 million grant provides heating, cooling assistance to Indiana families

$67 million grant provides heating, cooling assistance to Indiana families
Posted at 12:54 PM, Oct 26, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana families will continue to keep warm this winter as a grant worth more than $67 million will support those in need of heating assistance thanks to the Administration for Children & Families.

The statewide Winter Assistance Program, supported by the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, provides financial assistance to low-income families to maintain utility services. The grant will support both heating and cooling services.

The program will begin Nov. 1 and end March 12, 2017.

“Unsafe indoor temperatures are unacceptable conditions for anyone to live in, especially for seniors and families with young children,” said Jeannie Chaffin, Office of Community Services director.

Applications will be accepted by community organizations under contract with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. You can find your nearest supporting organization in the document at the bottom of this story.

Those in need of assistance can apply in person, by mail or through another subcontractor at the location that services their county.

“With these LIHEAP funds helping households with limited incomes pay their home heating and cooling bills, these families and individuals can use their income to pay for other critical necessities such as food and medicine,” said Chaffin.

In 2014, LIHEAP provided 130,404 Indiana households with heating assistance and 8,596 with cooling assistance. More than 100,000 low-income Hoosier households are served each year.

For more information by phone, call (800 872-0371.