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Energy Assistance and Emergency Services

EAP Application 2018

TRI-CAP Energy Assistance Program

 

The TRI-CAP Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain utility services during the winter heating season. The program is administered by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) with outreach offices, like TRI-CAP, in every county in Indiana. We provide intake, application processing and utility vendor payments.

To qualify for assistance through the Energy Assistance Programs listed below, households must provide income documentation for the past 12 months for household members age 18 and older, current heat and electric bills, social security cards for each household member and the completed application.  This program is also available to those that rent their home as long as the applicant is responsible for the utility bill.

Energy Conservation Classes are presented in each county to provide educational information to participants of this program.  The classes include energy tips to help individuals lower their energy consumption and ultimately their energy costs.

For more information on classes in your area, please call 812-482-2233 or 812-897-0364.

2017/18 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines – Maximum EAP Monthly and Annual Gross Income by Family Size

NUMBER OF PERSONS IN HOUSEHOLD
150% OF POVERTY
MONTHLY
ANNUAL
1
1,507
18,090
2
2,030
24,360
3
2,552
30,630
4
3,075
36,900
5
3,597
43,170
6
4,120
49,440
7
4,597
55,710
8
5,165
61,980
EACH ADDITIONAL MEMBER
522
6,270

Winter Heating Program:

The Winter Program not only assists with a one time utility payment but also helps to ensure households are safe from disconnection during the moratorium period of December 1st through March 15th.  TRI-CAP accepts applications by appointment in the office or by mail for those households unable to come to the office.  The winter program begins in November and runs through May 16th or until funds are exhausted.

For more information or to request an EAP application packet, contact your local TRI-CAP office.

 


Emergency Services

As a Community Action Agency, TRI-CAP offers a range of services to assist low income families and individuals achieve self sufficiency.  We provide these services through a variety of Federal, State and Local Grants.  Most programs are based on the family’s income and household size compared to the most recently published federal poverty standard.  However, these services do not always cover the needs of the family or individual.  We often receive requests for rental assistance, utility deposits, food, etc.  Many families requesting help are working yet unable to make ends meet.  In response to the growing needs of the families in our communities as well as an increase in the requests for emergency services, the Emergency Services Program was created at TRI-CAP.  This program is funded, in part, through the generous donations of individuals and organizations in the communities we serve.   Unfortunately, due to variations in funding, emergency funds are not always available.  Even though we utilize every available resource within our communities, we still need other funds to help families in need.

Each family or individual requesting emergency assistance is required to complete an assessment and provide documentation before meeting with a Certified Family Development Specialist.  While meeting with our staff, clients receive one-on-one budgeting assistance and goal setting to assist them in becoming financially self-sufficient as well as referrals to other organizations within the community.  Once a determination of need is established, up to a $100.00 benefit will be made directly to the landlord, utility company, grocery store, etc.   All participants receiving Emergency Assistance are asked to return to TRI-CAP on a quarterly basis, for a period of one year, to continue family development.

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