2014-11-04 / Front Page

SCCAP Energy Assistance Program For Low-Income Households Begins Today

The time when low-income households in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties may apply for assistance with winter energy costs is here.

The South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) will begin accepting applications today, November 3 for assistance with winter heating and the purchase of bulk fuel.

Each household applying for the Energy Assistance Program will need to provide income documentation for the past 12 months for all household members ages 18 and older, current heat and electric bills, social security cards and a landlord affidavit form for those who rent. Applications and other program materials are available on the Energy Assistance page at www.insccap.org.

“We are making every effort to make this year’s program as efficient and customer friendly as possible,” SCCAP Energy Assistance & Family Development Program Manager Thomas Hartnett said. “We expect to serve over 4,000 households this winter, which means our offices will be extremely busy at times. We encourage applicants to bring the required documents with them to the office in their county and we will do our best to help them apply for assistance as quickly and easily as we can.”

SCCAP has received an initial allocation of $2,222,560 in federal funding from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) for energy assistance this winter. Last year, SCCAP served more than 3,900 households.

Eligibility for the Energy Assistance program is based on gross household income – household size – maximum annual income: 1-$17,505; 2-$23,595; 3-$ 29,685; 4-$ 35,775; 5-$41,865.

The purpose of the Energy Assistance Program is to help keep members of lowincome families safe and healthy, and assist them in achieving energy self-sufficiency and avoiding utility disruptions.

Customers are encouraged to control energy costs and identify strategies which allow them to pay their future energy bills. SCCAP will offer its energy education workshop for those who want to participate. Participants will receive information on staying warm while reducing utility costs.

For additional information about energy assistance, call 812-829-2279. The local SCCAP office is located at 145 North Harrison Street in Spencer.

SCCAP is also seeking applicants for its Weatherization Program. The Weatherization Program reduces energy consumption in low-income households and insures that each client has a safe, operating heat source. Each client receives a furnace inspection and an energy audit. SCCAP uses private contractors to repair or replace heat sources, install insulation and seal the homes. The program is federally funded and is free to participants in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties.

To be eligible to have your owner-occupied or rental home weatherized, your household income must not exceed federal poverty guidelines. To apply, call 812-339-3447, ext. 224.

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence. Its programs include Affordable Rental Housing, Circles Initiative, Energy Assistance, Family Development, Growing Opportunities job training, Head Start, Section 8 Housing and Weatherization.

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