Applications are holding steady for programs to help needy Hoosiers keep up with their winter heating bills. About 40,000 people have applied for the federally-funded Energy Assistance Program, about the same as last year.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority director Donna Wright says says people can apply for help until the winter heating season ends March 15 — or until the money runs out.
“Funds are a little tight this year on the federal level, so we might run out a little bit early,” Wright says. “We do have appointments that are available with the community action agencies, and I know that they have appointments already booked until February.”
Hoosiers within 50 percent of the poverty line are eligible for a $290 credit on their winter gas or electric bill. That threshold translates to a household income below $35,000 for a family of four. The state received $65.5 million dollars for the program, the same as last year.