Note: The Energy Assistance Application will be available to download and print during the following time frames:
- November 1st through May 18th
- July 1st through Mid-Aug
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 150% of the OMB Poverty 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 16 points, with each point equating to $25 toward their primary heat source. Households also receive a one-time benefit of $75 to their electric account. Points are earned based on the following factors:
- Household size
- Income (Eligible at 150% of Poverty)
- Dwelling Type
- 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
- VA benefit
- Renters - landlords must complete our Landlord Affidavit Form
- 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 Susan Laughlin, Client Services Manager, at 812-882-7927 ext. 2 if you are interested in donating fans or air conditioners.