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State Won’t Offer Cooling Assistance To Low-Income Families

State officials say they're out of money after spending nearly $50 million this fiscal year on heating assistance.

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Low income families won't get cooling assistance from the state this summer.

Indiana won’t provide low-income families with financial help when dealing with summer cooling needs.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority traditionally provides 50-dollar benefits to utility companies to help low-income households deal with high energy bills as they try to keep cool during the summer months.

Those Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, benefits won’t be offered this summer because the state ran out of money – it’s already spent nearly $50 million this fiscal year for winter heating assistance.

The IHCDA is urging agency partners that help administer LIHEAP to use whatever money they have left to provide crisis assistance for homes whose utilities are disconnected during the summer.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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