Project Description

Energy Programs

The Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded grant designed to assist low-income families with the high cost of home energy.  It pays a benefit directly into the client’s utility account to help offset the higher cost of heat in the winter.  Under the State moratorium, once a person has been approved they are protected against disconnect until March 15 of the program year.  This applies to regulated utilities only.

To make an appointment for the Energy Assistance Program, which begins in November of each year, please call your local ICAP office.

While EAP can help low-income families with a portion of their heating costs, funding is not available to pay entire heating costs for families. Each household is responsible for their own energy costs and should continue to pay as much as possible throughout the heating season.

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Household Size Last 3 Months Household Income Must NOT EXCEED
1 $6,209
2 $8,119
3 $10,029
4 $11,940
5 $13,850
6 $15,760
7 $16,119
8 $16,477

IDA Program
The IDA Program is a five-year savings plan intended to help families with limited income to develop a budget, set goals, establish savings habits and invest money in an asset. Some of the requirements of the program are that you must be a resident of Indiana, have earned income and are able to put a small amount into the program on a monthly basis. For each dollar saved, the program will match it with four dollars. This means if you successfully save $300, then the program will match it with $1,200, totaling a combined savings of $1,500. If you complete the five-year program at the current rate of match ($250 per year for four (4) years and a fifth year to spend the total match) you would have approximately $5,000 to invest in an asset (business, education, homeownership, vehicle purchase, etc.).

Am I eligible?  Yes, if you are:
– An Indiana Resident
– Employed
– Below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on household size
– Able to save a minimum of $20 per month
– Meet the minimum screening requirements

Number of Person(s) in Household 200% of Poverty Income Gross
1 $24,980
2 $33,820
3 $42,660
4 $51,500
5 $60,340
6 $69,180
7 $78,020
8 $86,860
**For each person over 8 add $4,320

Family Development
Family Development is a case management program for families seriously invested in goal-setting and working towards self-sufficiency.  Family Development participants will work with a Family Development Specialist who will coach them on goal-setting tasks and provide a wide variety of resources as needed.  Specialists are trained to use assessment tools to help a family find their own strengths and help them set goals that are most relevant to the family’s needs. Program requirements are either being a current EAP client or having income less than 125% for 12 months, a willingness to meet with your Family Development Specialist at least once a month and work on meaningful goals.  Current Family Development clients have been successful at meeting goals like finding employment, suitable housing, or completing education.

If you are interested in being a Family Development client, call your local ICAP office and ask for a local Family Development Specialist.

  Number of person (s) in Household 125% of Poverty Income Gross
1  $15,612
2 $21,137
3 $26,662
4 $32,187
5  $37,712
6  $43,237
7 $48,762
8
$54,287
 *Add $4,320 for eah person over 8

Weatherization Program

ICAP’s Weatherization Department currently serves eligible clients in six counties: Delaware, Henry, Hancock, Rush, Johnson, and Shelby.

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings families in need. ICAPs goal is to lower your energy loss and appliances to a safe, working order and extend the life of the appliance where possible.

Weatherization uses professionally trained weatherization crews to perform computerized energy assessments and use advanced diagnostic equipment, such as blower doors and infrared cameras, to create a comprehensive analysis of the home to determine the most cost-effective measures and to identify any health and safety concerns. Weatherization providers also thoroughly inspect households to ensure the occupant’s safety, checking indoor air quality, combustion safety, carbon monoxide, and identifying mold infestations — which are all indications of energy waste.

Eligibility
Services are available to individuals who either rent or own their own homes.  Eligibility is determined by the gross annual income of the household 200% or lower and households must include 1 member who is either elderly (over 60), disabled (SSI income) or 18 years of age or younger.

Applying for Assistance
If you already receive energy assistance through our Energy Assistance Program, you income has already been calculated.

If you meet the household and income qualification you may call your local office to fill out a Weatherization Application. You may be asked to bring Social Security cards, Photo ID, proof of home ownership, gas and electric bills, and proof of all income.

Weatherization services can only be completed once on a given structure.  If you move to another home you may qualify for weatherization services on that home. Landlords can participate if they agree to pay 25% or $1,000 (whichever is lower) of the project cost.

Please note: The process for weatherization is not quick, and is not an emergency repair program. Also, not all homes that apply will qualify for the program. Weatherization Program is not a remodeling or rehab program. No repairs to roofs, floors, mold, and other rehab items can be funded or completed by Weatherization.

Income limit is 200% as listed below:

Number of Person(s) in Household 200% of Poverty Income Gross
1 $24,980
2 $33,820
3 $42,660
4 $51,500
5 $60,340
6 $69,180
7 $78,020
8 $86,860
**For each person over 8 add $4,320

If you meet the household and income qualification you may call your local office to fill out a Weatherization Application. You may be asked to bring Social Security cards, Photo ID, proof of home ownership, gas and electric bills, and proof of all income.

Weatherization services can only be completed once on a given structure.  If you move to another home you may qualify for weatherization services on that home. Landlords can participate if they agree to pay 25% or $1,000 (whichever is lower) of the project cost.

Please note: The process for weatherization is not quick, and is not an emergency repair program. Also, not all homes that apply will qualify for the program. Weatherization Program is not a remodeling or rehab program. No repairs to roofs, floors, mold, and other rehab items can be funded or completed by Weatherization.

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