TRI-CAP Energy Assistance Program
The TRI-CAP Energy Assistance Program (EAP) 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 authorize utility vendor payments.
Applications for this EAP season can be submitted between October 1, 2021 through May 16, 2022. You can get an application by clicking the link below, applying online, stopping by anytime at any TRI-CAP office in Dubois, Pike, or Warrick County to pick up an application located in the designated box by our front door, or requesting one by mail.
We have a secured drop box to drop off your application or you can mail your application to any one of our offices.
NEW THIS YEAR: Apply for water assistance when you apply for energy assistance. If you pay your water/wastewater and you have a disconnect notice and owe $50.00 or more, check “water” on your EAP application. Include a copy of your water bill with the application to be considered for water assistance.
To view more information on the EAP you can visit the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) EAP page here: https://www.in.gov/ihcda/4067.htm
If you have received a notice for disconnection, or you are almost out of bulk fuel, please call your local TRI-CAP office immediately to request an application.
This year, additional funding is available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help provide additional benefits to qualifying households and to help with past due balances.
Click below for an application, checklist, income guidelines, to apply online, appeals process, and information on moratorium.
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.
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 TRI-CAP Intake Staff person. 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.
Appeals Process, Step One: If you do not agree with the benefit determination, you may submit a written appeal to our agency to formally request a review of your application file. All appeals must be submitted in writing and are due within thirty (30) days of this notification letter. Please submit your appeal request to the following address:
Warrick Economic Opportunity Committee Inc., d/b/a TRI-CAP
Attn: EAP Appeals
607 Third Avenue, P.O. Box 729
Jasper, IN 47547-0729
Our agency’s official response to all appeals will be issued in writing within fourteen (14) days of receipt. If your appeal is not resolved to your satisfaction, you will then have the opportunity to appeal to the State of Indiana.