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Program helping Marion County residents with heating bills opens Jan. 1

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Dec 27, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-27 18:04:42-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Residents of Marion County meeting certain income requirements will soon be able to receive assistance in paying their heating bills.

Starting on January 1, residents in Marion County who earn too much to qualify for government energy assistance programs and whose income is up to 225% of the federal poverty guideline are able to get assistance in paying for heat this winter.

This equals out to a gross income between $7,400 to $8,200 for a one-person household over three months or $14,300 to $16,800 for a family of four.

"The program will help households amid inflation and increased energy costs," Lydia Watson, United Way’s Safe and Affordable Housing Director, said.

Last year, the program helped 420 families in Marion County and paid out more than $224,000 toward heating bill payment assistance.

"Speaking of behalf of many that are struggling due to inflation, the program has helped," Jacqueline Ardon said.

Ardon says she has been a part of the program for the last few years. She says before she signed up, her bill was around $300 to $400.

Ardon says her most recent bill was roughly $90.

"Do not be afraid to get the help that you need because it’s there,” Ardon said.

To learn if you'll qualify, visit the United Way website.

The program runs through the end of May.

To contribute to the fund, visit here.