Indiana’s Home Cooling Assistance Funds Run Out
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – If some low-income Hoosiers get too hot in their homes this summer, they can blame in part the persistent and record-setting cold temperatures of the past winter.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan has traditionally provided a summer cooling program. It provides a $50 benefit each month directly to utility companies for households who participated in the winter heating assistance program.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority announced Monday that the $50 in monthly air conditioning assistance will be stopped this summer. The agency blamed funding constraints related to the LIHEAP program’s expenditures during the abnormally rough winter.
Some local administering agencies who have remaining LIHEAP funds from the winter may provide crisis assistance of $200 or less to households who receive disconnection notices through August 2014. The IHCDA says some participants with medical needs may be eligible to receive an air conditioner if their last provided unit was given prior to May 30, 2009.
LIHEAP is administered locally through the Southeast Indiana Economic Opportunity Center (SIEOC) in Aurora.