Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

Overview

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain utility services during the winter heating months. The John H. Boner Community Center has a goal of serving 10,000 households during the 2013-2014 program year.

Income-eligible families are provided a one-time benefit to their heating and electric companies to offset the high cost of utility bills during the winter months. The amount of the energy assistance benefit awarded is based on household size and income, type of dwelling (home, apartment, mobile home, etc.), housing status (subsidized or non-subsidized housing), at-risk factors (elderly, disabled or children age 0-5) and fuel source (gas, electric, bulk fuel, or heating included in rent).

 

Eligibility

All members of the household must be United States citizens, U.S. Nationals or qualified aliens. Social Security numbers are required for all persons in the household age 1 or older.

 

Renters where both heat and electric are included in rent will NOT be eligible for an energy assistance benefit.

 

Income Requirements

Income eligibility for Energy Assistance benefits (heating, crisis and summer cooling) is limited to households with a combined annual income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

 

Household Income is the gross income received by all household members age 18 and above. Based on Household size, the household must earn less than the amount indicated below in order to be eligible for energy assistance benefits.

 

Household Size

Monthly Income

Annual Income

1

$1,436.25

$17,235

2

$1,938.75

$23,265

3

$2,441.25

$29,295

4

$2,943.75

$35,325

5

$3,446.25

$41,355

6

$3,948.75

$47,385

7

$4,451.25

$53,415

8

$4,953.75

$59,445

 

Appointment Scheduling

On October 1, 2013, the John H. Boner Community Center will begin scheduling intake appointments for clients to apply for Energy Assistance. Appointments will begin November 4, 2013 and continue through May 16, 2014 OR WHENEVER FUNDING RUNS OUT, whichever comes first.

 

Call 317-808-2378 to schedule an intake appointment.

 

Applying for Energy Assistance Benefits

Clients are expected to show-up at their scheduled appointment time. If Clients are unable to make their scheduled appointment time they should call 317-808-2378 at least 24 hours in advance of their appointment to cancel. If the Client is more than 10 minutes late to their scheduled appointment their seat will be given to a walk-in client.

 

Applicants will complete the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) application. An intake specialist will review the completed application as well as all supporting documentation to ensure completeness. If all required documentation is provided applications will be processed the same day. If documentation is incomplete the application cannot be processed the day of the intake appointment.

 

Benefit/Award Letters

If the application is approved for benefits, the Benefit Letter will indicate the dollar benefit amount. If the application is denied, the applicant will be informed of their rights to appeal.

 

Required Documentation

In order to process an application the following MUST be provided for each household.

 

1. Household Verification

  • Name, Date of Birth and Social Security card for all household members.
  • Driver’s License or Photo Identification card for all household members age 18 or older.

 

2. Utility Verification

  • Copy of the current heating bill AND electric bill in the name of a household member.

 

3. Housing Verification

  • Renters must provide either a copy of the current Lease Agreement (dated within the last 24 months) OR a Landlord Affidavit completed and signed by the renter’s landlord.
  • If a current Lease Agreement is not available please print and have your landlord copy the Landlord Affidavit Appendix D – Landlord Affidavit

 

4. Income Verification – All household members age 18 or older must submit proof of income for the past 12 months.

  • Any household member age 18 or older that worked at the same job for the past 12 months may submit their most recent Pay stub.
  • Any household member age 18 or older receiving Social Security, SSI or SSDI may bring an Award letter or bank statement clearly showing the Social Security deposit amount.
  • Any household member age 18 or older that has no income for the past 12 months must bring a Work One Wage and Unemployment statement.
  • Any household member age 18 or older that received Unemployment Income during the past 12 months must bring a Work One Wage and Unemployment statement.
  • Anyone age 18 or older that some (but not all) of the past 12 months must bring a Work One Wage and Unemployment statement.