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Energy Programs

Energy Assistance Program

 

The Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded grant designed to assist low-income families with the high cost of home energy.  It pays a benefit directly into the client’s utility account to help offset the higher cost of heat in the winter.  Under the State moratorium, once a person has been approved they are protected against disconnect until March 15 of the program year.  This applies to regulated utilities only.

 

For income eligibility information please see the Income Guidelines chart under the current OMB Guidelines and refer to the column headed “150%”.

 

To make an appointment for the Energy Assistance Program, which begins in November of each year, please call your local ICAP office.

 

While EAP can help low-income families with a portion of their heating costs, funding is not available to pay entire heating costs for families. Each household is responsible for their own energy costs and should continue to pay as much as possible throughout the heating season.

IDA Program

The IDA Program is a five-year savings plan intended to help families with limited income to develop a budget, set goals, establish savings habits and invest money in an asset. Some of the requirements of the program are that you must be a resident of Indiana, have earned income and are able to put a small amount into the program on a monthly basis. For each dollar saved, the program will match it with four dollars. This means if you successfully save $300, then the program will match it with $1,200, totaling a combined savings of $1,500. If you complete the five-year program at the current rate of match ($250 per year for four (4) years and a fifth year to spend the total match) you would have approximately $5,000 to invest in an asset (business, education, homeownership, vehicle purchase, etc.).

 

Am I eligible?  Yes, if you are:

 

  • An Indiana Resident

  • Employed

  • Below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on household size

  • Able to save a minimum of $20 per month

  • Meet the minimum screening requirements

Local Connections

The Local Connection is a partnership between United Way, Covering Kids & Families, and Open Door Health Services, and the Interlocal Community Action Program of Delaware County (ICAP). The Local Connection initiative is funded by the Indiana Association of United Ways, through a Lilly Grant to address community conditions in Gaston, IN. Project Goal: To remove stigma and increase building blocks so that all people in underserved rural communities will have easier access to the systems of support available in the community at large. Objective: Stigma, access and availability all are barriers to people accessing needed resources. Therefore, to improve access to the systems of support available, this project strengthens and enhances the collaborative infrastructure currently existing in our county. Specific solutions will:

  • Remove Barriers to success and increase supports for success

  • Involve delivery of services to people in their small town or neighborhood

  • Be community-driven, not pre-determined

  • Have clear outcomes and objectives developed by community members

  • Be sustainable

 

The Local Connection seeks to connect people with the resources they need, where they live. By partnering with local school districts to advance the common good, the Local Connection is able to change community conditions in the areas of Education, Income and Health. For more information contact Amy Logan, Outreach Coordinator @ 765-228-2847.  

 

Family Development

Family Development is a case management program for families seriously invested in goal-setting and working towards self-sufficiency.  Family Development participants will work with a Family Development Specialist who will coach them on goal-setting tasks and provide a wide variety of resources as needed.  Specialists are trained to use assessment tools to help a family find their own strengths and help them set goals that are most relevant to the family’s needs. Program requirements are either being a current EAP client or having income less than 125% for 12 months, a willingness to meet with your Family Development Specialist at least once a month and work on meaningful goals.  Current Family Development clients have been successful at meeting goals like finding employment, suitable housing, or completing education.

 

If you are interested in being a Family Development client, call your local ICAP office and ask for a local Family Development Specialist.

 


Weatherization Program

 

ICAP’s Weatherization Department currently serves eligible clients in six counties: Delaware, Henry, Hancock, Rush, Johnson, and Shelby.

 

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings families in need. ICAPs goal is to lower your energy loss and appliances to a safe, working order and extend the life of the appliance where possible.

 

Weatherization uses professionally trained weatherization crews to perform computerized energy assessments and use advanced diagnostic equipment, such as blower doors and infrared cameras, to create a comprehensive analysis of the home to determine the most cost-effective measures and to identify any health and safety concerns. Weatherization providers also thoroughly inspect households to ensure the occupant’s safety, checking indoor air quality, combustion safety, carbon monoxide, and identifying mold infestations — which are all indications of energy waste.

Eligibility

 

Services are available to individuals who either rent or own their own homes.  Eligibility is determined by the gross annual income of the household 200% or lower and households must include 1 member who is either elderly (over 60), disabled (SSI income) or 18 years of age or younger.

 

 

Applying for Assistance

If you already receive energy assistance through our Energy Assistance Program, you income has already been calculated.

If you are above the Energy Assistance Program income guidelines of 150% poverty level, you might still qualify for Weatherization. Income limit is 200% as listed below:

If you meet the household and income qualification you may call your local office to fill out a Weatherization Application. You may be asked to bring Social Security cards, Photo ID, proof of home ownership, gas and electric bills, and proof of all income.

 

Weatherization services can only be completed once on a given structure.  If you move to another home you may qualify for weatherization services on that home. Landlords can participate if they agree to pay 25% or $1,000 (whichever is lower) of the project cost.

 

Please note: The process for weatherization is not quick, and is not an emergency repair program. Also, not all homes that apply will qualify for the program. Weatherization Program is not a remodeling or rehab program. No repairs to roofs, floors, mold, and other rehab items can be funded or completed by Weatherization.