What Is The Energy Assistance Program?
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist low-income households with winter heating and summer cooling costs. Services under this program are provided in Daviess, Greene, Knox and Sullivan Counties.
Applications for the heating portion of the program will be taken from November through May. The cooling portion of the program will run from June through August.
I don't need assistance, but how can I help?
Contributions are greatly appreciated. Donations can be monetary as well as new fans and/or air conditioners. Please contact Susan Laughlin, Client Services Manager, at 812-882-7927 ext. 1217 if you are interested in donating fans or air conditioners.
How does this program help?
Benefits to household:
- Reduces the risk of fire hazards and poisoning from unsafe methods of keeping homes warm.
- Decreases the risks of life-threatening illness or death for high-risk members of the household caused by extreme temperatures.
- LIHEAP provides eligible households with a one-time payment to the energy provider.
Benefit amount is determined by:
- Household size
- Income (Eligible at 150% of Poverty)
- Heating fuel type
- At-risk persons (elderly, disabled, and children under 6 years)
Geographic location Benefits to Community:
- Reduces cases of homelessness and lowers the demand for public assistance.
- Utilization of service providers within our communities to create jobs and support local business owners.
Who qualifies for LIHEAP?
Utility assistance is available to households at or below 150% of the OMB Poverty Guidelines.
How Do I Apply For LIHEAP?
The best way to know if you will qualify is to apply. Contact the Client Services office nearest you in Daviess, Greene, Knox, or Sullivan County for an appointment.
Items you will need for your appointment include:
- Renters - landlords must complete our Landlord Affadavit Form
- Homeowners - must submit proof of ownership
- Most recent electric bill
- Most recent gas bill
- Social Security card for each individual living in the household
- Date of birth for each individual living in the household
Proof of income for past 12 months including:
- Social Security
- Child Support and/or Alimony
- Cash from odd jobs
You may provide as proof: check stubs, copies of SSI or Social Security checks (bank statements), award letters, employer statements, copy of filed tax records, etc. Copy of lease for subsidized housing tenants.
Initial applications can be completed and mailed to our offices. You can download the Energy Assistance application at the top of this page. Applications will be available beginning November 1 - mid May and then again from July 1 - mid August. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing. Benefits are given on a first come, first serve basis, depending upon availability of funds.