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PERRY COUNTY – Hoosiers may apply for assistance with their heating bills through a program called the Energy Assistance Program, said Larry K. Kleeman, executive director of Lincoln Hills Development Corp. Appointments must be made and are now being accepted.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federal block grant funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered through the state by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. LHDC is the local community action agency administering the program in the three-county area of Spencer, Perry and Crawford.
The Energy Assistance Program is designed to assist low-income families with the high cost of home energy through the partial payment of utility and fuel bills. The program does not have sufficient funds to pay all of the energy costs of eligible households.
For Perry County, ap-pointments can be made by calling 547-3435 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For additional information, call (800) 467-1435 ext. 231 or visit www. LHDC.org.
Households may be eligible for assistance if the household’s gross income for the past 12 months does not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
Listed below is information which shows the federal poverty guidelines that will be used to determine income eligibility for the program.
Income must be verified and determined for all household members age 18 and older:
For a one-member household, gross annual income, $16,3335.
For a two-member household, gross annual income, $22,065.
For a three-member house-hold, gross annual income, $27,795.
For a four-member house-hold, gross annual income, $33,525.
For a five-member house-hold, gross annual income, $39,255.
For a six-member household, gross annual income, $44,985.
If there are more than six members in the household, add $5,730 for each additional household member.