CAECI Community Action of East Central Indiana, Inc.
ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps families and
individuals that meet the income guidelines (150%
of Poverty) with the high cost of home heating
during the winter months. The Energy Assistance Program provides households with
a ONE-TIME winter benefit for their energy bills. It can only assist with a part
of the households energy bills and not the entire heating costs. Each household needs to
be responsible for their own energy costs and should pay as much as possible
throughout the year. Assistance cannot be used for deposits or reconnection
fees. A past due bill or disconnect notice is not required to receive
assistance. Help is
available for natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, wood, and
electricity. Households that have heat and/or
electricity included in the rent may be eligible for assistance. The program
usually runs from the first week of November through the end of May, or when
funds have run out.
Crisis applicants, those households that have their utilities shut off, who have received a disconnect notice, or those who use bulk fuel and are either low or out of fuel may come in first thing in the morning and receive an appointment. Those not in a Crisis situation should contact their respective County office to make an appointment. No EAP application can be started until all of the required information has been provided.
Contact us for Mail-in applications if you are elderly or disabled.
The amount of energy assistance that is received by each household is determined by a benefit matrix. This matrix assigns a numerical value to such things as poverty level, source of income, if there are elderly or disabled household members, or if there are children under 6 yrs. old in the household. Other factors include type of dwelling and type of heating fuel used. Using all of the above, each household’s benefit could vary significantly.
The Summer Cool Program provides for air conditioners or electric credits
that may be provided to qualifying
households in the summer. The cooling program usually runs from the first of June through the end of