The Summer Cool Program currently is serving current clients in electric disconnect! You may receive up to $200 in assistance. Please call our office for more details or simply bring, fax, email or mail your current electric bill with a disconnect warning on it.
Applications will be available in September. If you applied for assistance this season you will receive an application in the mail.
Applications will be available online, in our offices in Linton, Washington, and Vincennes, or may be mailed at customer request.
Knox Co Office:
525 N 4th St
Vincennes, IN 47591
Open Monday through Thursday 8 - 4
Closed 12-1 lunch.
812-882-7927, ext 2
We are happy to copy documents and take applications during these hours.
Persons in disconnect MUST call to make an appointment
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 available from November through mid-May. The cooling portion of the program will run from June through mid-August.
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.
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 60% of the State Median Guidelines. Services are provided without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran.
HOW ARE BENEFITS DETERMINED?
The amount of assistance a household receives is based on a point system. Households can earn up to 34 points, with each point equating to $25 toward their primary heat source. Households also receive a one-time benefit of $125 to their electric account. Points are earned based on the following factors:
Heating fuel type
At-risk persons (elderly, disabled, and children under 6 years)
On-time payment to utility bill(s)
How do I Apply for LIHEAP?
The best way to know if you qualify is to apply. Households that are in a disconnect status or whose utility has already been shut off must contact our office for an appointment. Appointments must be scheduled in advance as we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. All other households can submit their application, which will processed in the order received. Please note that during the months of November through January, it can take 6-8 weeks to process your mail in application due to the high volume of applications received during this time.
Items you will need to submit at the time of application include:
Completed application listing all household members residing in your home.
Social Security Cards for all household members.
Photo ID for the individual signing the application
Proof of household income, including:
Employment wages - most recent paystub
Social Security or SSI documentation - please include any amounts received for children within the home as well.
Cash from odd jobs
Adoption of Foster Child subsidy
Renters - landlords must complete our Landlord Affidavit Form only if one or more of your utilities are included in rent.
Homeowners - must submit proof of ownership
Most recent electric bill
Most recent heating bill
We provide energy education to applicants detailing ways to reduce energy consumption in their homes and decrease their energy costs. When funding is available, energy kits are provided free of charge to eligible household.
How can I help?
Contributions are greatly appreciated. Donations can be monetary as well as new fans and/or air conditioners. Please contact Lisa Ritterskamp, Energy Assistance Manager at 812-882-7927 ext. 2 if you are interested in donating fans or air conditioners.