Indiana residents who struggle with paying their electric bills have help available. Federal and local funding is available through these Indiana electric bill assistance programs.
The Indiana Energy Assistance Program provides bill assistance during the cold winters. This program can provide $100-480 to pay your heating bill. There is also help through this program to pay summer electric bills for cooling. To qualify for this program, your household’s income should be less than 150% of the poverty level. Contact your local Community Action Agency (there is at least one office in every Indiana county) for more information about this program.
Another source of help is the Winter Assistance Fund through the United Way. This program runs from January to May, helping families who can’t afford their electric bills. You can get help through this program by calling 211.
Through your Community Action Agency you can also receive weatherization assistance. You can receive an energy audit. Any problems found will be corrected. These improvements will lower your energy costs, allowing you to save long-term.
Community Action Agencies are the local affiliates of the Community Action Partnership. There is an agency assigned to each metropolitan area. Additionally, some rural agencies serve three or more counties to provide relief from electricity problems. The closest agency may be found by either contacting the Community Action Partnership or simply dialing 211 to reach your local United Way agency.
Your electric company probably also has an assistance program in house. When you can’t pay your bill—or can’t pay it in full—be up front with your electricity provider as they may be able to help you or point you to a program that can.
Long is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Industrial Relations. He subsequently received his Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. His Certificate in Financial Planning was issued by Florida State University.
Long has achieved the Accredited Credit Counselor and Accredited Financial Counselor certifications through the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education. Long originally achieved the Certified Credit Counselor designation through the National Institute for Financial Education.
In addition to years of nonprofit leadership, Long has been an innovator in the field of volunteer tax return preparation programs. He assists volunteer associations and nonprofit organizations who seek to integrate credit counseling and asset-building programs with free personal income tax preparation. His approach to using free credit reports as both an incentive and a screening tool for placement into asset-building programs has been shared with members of the National Community Tax Coalition, the EITC-Carolinas Initiative of MDC, Inc. and nonprofit groups across the Carolinas.
Long assists members of our armed forces in the Carolinas, Iowa, Rhode Island, Georgia and Germany with financial readiness. Please support our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors!
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