Statehouse — Assistance is available for Hoosiers needing help paying winter utility costs.
The Energy Assistance Program provides aid to struggling residents who need help paying utility costs associated with electricity and their primary heating source.
State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) says the application window for the program is open through May 15.
Households making 60 percent of the state median income or less may qualify for a one-time annual benefit.
Last year, the program served thousands of Southeastern Indiana residents, including 518 households in Decatur County and 336 in Ripley County.
Those who are eligible for assistance and have applied for help are protected under Indiana law from having their residential services from being disconnected beginning December 1 to March 15.
Another resource is Indiana 211, a 24/7 hotline connecting Hoosiers with assistance programs close to home.
Anyone can call 211 for free at any time to speak confidentially with someone who can find local resources to assist with food, finances, utilities, and housing.
To learn more or find help online, visit in211.org.