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PERRY COUNTY – Larry K. Kleeman, executive director and chief executive officer of Lincoln Hills Development Corp. announced that $200,000 of additional energy assistance funds were awarded to LHDC to serve more households in Perry, Spencer and Crawford counties with their winter heating bills.
A few weeks ago, LHDC was forced to suspend the Energy Assistance Program after serving approximately 1,400 households in the three-county area. At that time a waiting list was established and approximately 250 households were placed on it.
Last year, more than 2,000 households were provided partial assistance with their heating bills, including electric, natural gas, LP gas, fuel oil, coal or wood through the Federal Low Income Heating Assistance Program.
Although debate continues over the federal budget that was effective Oct. 1 and uncertainty remains as to exactly how much will eventually be available, the state administering agency, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, managed to find additional funds to award to LHDC to continue the program.
“I’m not sure where the additional money is coming from but we deeply appreciate IHCDA providing these additional funds to keep the program open during this cold-weather season.” Kleeman said. “Despite the U.S. Congress being unable to adopt a budget, Sherry Seiwert, the executive director of IHCDA and her staff found some funds to help us continue serving the hundreds of households currently faced without the resources to pay their winter heating bills and the state is to be commended for taking this action.”
Households with incomes below 150 percent of the poverty guidelines seeking help with their winter heating bills should call LHDC at (800) 467-1435, extension 200, to schedule an appointment.