Bitterly Cold Winter in Indianapolis Means Many Are in Need of Assistance

By: Brian Schutt  |  February 3, 2014

With record lows across the city during January, and the cold weather expected to continue, we have heard from many customers about sky rocketing utility bills. For most of our customers this is merely an inconvenience, but unfortunately for some this can be a significant challenge. With real unemployment estimated as high as 37%, many people on fixed incomes, and wage growth stagnant, adding hundreds of dollars to your monthly bills can force major tradeoffs. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, there are places available in the city that can help.


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3864753Community Action of Greater Indianapolis has an energy assistance program. Appointments must be scheduled via mail at:

ENERGY ASSISTANCE MAILOUT PROGRAM: Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Production Room 3266 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46208


url-1United Way Winter Assistance Fund. The Winter Assistance Fund is for Marion County residents whose income exceeds guidelines for government energy assistance, yet still have difficulty keeping up with high winter heating bills. Last year, the fund helped 2,253 individuals stay warm. Residents may dial 2-1-1 to find the nearest neighborhood community center or township trustee office accepting Winter Assistance Fund applications.


imgres-1Duke Energy Helping Hand Program

Low-income customers who are at least 60 years old can receive assistance on their energy bills.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-521-2232.


vectrenVectren Share the Warmth Program
Funds are available for income-eligible customers throughout the Vectren North territory. Households must apply for assistance through their local Community Action Agency.

Contact Information: Call 1-800-227-1376.


Indianapolis based Christ Church Cathedral provides qualified individuals with financial assistance of up to $50 that may be used towards paying rent or utility bills (not both). The church only serve the first 10 people on Tuesday mornings. (317) 636-4577.


boner centerJohn H. Boner Center 

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).

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.


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