Indiana announces dates for the 2017-18 Winter Assistance Program

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has announced dates for the 2017-18 Winter Assistance Program through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program begins November 1, 2017 and concludes May 18, 2018.

Beginning November 1st, applications will be accepted by community-based organizations under contract with IHCDA. These 21 community organizations referred to as “Local Service Providers” (LSPs) cover all 92 Indiana counties. Individuals seeking assistance can apply in person, on-line here beginning November 9th, through the mail-in or at another subcontractor at the location that services their county.

For a fillable application, or to download and print the application, please click here.

The LIHEAP Block Grant is a non-competitive, federally funded block grant offered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). LIHEAP provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain their home utility services.

Since July 1, 2006, the block grant has been administered by IHCDA. During the 2016-17 Winter Assistance period that ended on May 13, a total of 101,300 households were served and received an average benefit of $510.

2017-18 Energy Assistance Program Dates

November 1, 2017 – Statewide start of the Heating Assistance Program and the State Energy Assistance Program.

December 1, 2017 – Clients with active service and have approved EAP applications are protected from disconnection through March 15, 2017.

March 15, 2018 – Moratorium Protection ends; utility companies will begin disconnecting services that are not current.

May 18, 2018 – Winter benefit ends; last day for clients to apply or complete a pending application.

SOURCE: News release from the Indiana Department of Housing and Community Development

IHCDA, chaired by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, provides housing opportunities, promotes self-sufficiency and strengthens communities in order to build an Indiana with a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers in the community of their choice. For more information, visit or

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