Indiana WAP Application Information

The State of Indiana's Weatherization Assistance Program increases the energy efficiency of dwellings occupied by low-income families this is regardless of whether they are homeowners or renters. They therefore reduce their energy costs, while safeguarding their health and safety.  Among low-income households, the Program prioritizes those with elderly residents, individuals with disabilities, families with children, and households who are high energy users and/or have a high energy burden.

In Indiana alone, almost 200,000 households out of 1 million eligible, low-income households received home energy bill assistance last year alone during season. Federally funded, but state-run through Indiana's Housing and Community Development Authority, the Energy Assistance Program provides winter heating bill assistance to low income households across the state on a first-come, first served basis.

The Indiana Energy Program provides financial grants directly to the household's home heating and energy provider, such as propane, electric, coal or heating oil companies. State-wide funding, which is run by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, is distributed at the county level by Community Action Agencies. Get to know in details why your home should be weatherized by visiting this website www.in.gov/ihcda/.


Eligibility Requirements


Income is the number one eligibility factor for the Indiana Energy Assistance Program. In order to be eligible, the combined income for every household member in the home must not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For a chart of all maximum income limits by family size, please see Resources below. Other eligibility details can be found on www.in.gov/ihcda/

Households are eligible for assistance if its income is less than or equal to 150% of poverty guidelines as established by the federal Office of Management and Budget. Energy assistance amounts are awarded based on dwelling type, family at-risk status, fuel source, housing status, income status, and poverty level. Households who live in rental units where heat and electricity are included in the rent are not eligible for energy assistance.

Please note that if a household is experiencing a crisis situation and it meets other criteria, they can receive assistance if their energy sources have been disconnected or they are facing the imminent disconnection of electrical or heating services; are low on fuel, or have no heating fuel. CAAs must provide assistance to eligible households within 48 hours from the date of application for assistance; or within 18 hours if the crisis is life-threatening. Applicant need to contact an agent that serves their area by visiting www.incap.org/cap_agencies.

Household Size*

Maximum Income Level (Per Year)

1

$16,755

2

$22,695

3

$28,635

4

$34,575

5

$40,515

6

$46,455

7

$52,395

8

$58,335


WAP Application Instructions

Application forms can be obtained from one of 24 CAAs located across the state of Indiana, a CAA Trustee or sub-contractor, or via mail request. Applications are reviewed by CAA for eligibility. Applicants are notified of the status of their request within 10 business days of receipt of the application. The deadline for crisis or emergency heating aid is May 13. From June 1 to August 31, funds are provided for cooling assistance.


Eligible households may apply for the Indiana Energy Assistance Program by calling or visiting their local Community Action Agency, or CAA. Click on the link below to find the agency in your county: /www.incap.org/CAP_agencies for a list of CAAs by city, including phone number, website and mailing address contact information.

Applications may be sent by mail or brought into the local CAA in person.

You may also call the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority at 317-232-7777.

It is good to know that it may take days before they are able to contact you back.

If your application is denied may submit a written appeal to the Community Action Agency using the below address:-

IHCDA
Deputy Director of Energy Programs
30 S. Meridian St., Suite 1000
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Email: iwx@ihcda.in.gov

A point to note though is that your appeal may not be considered until you have received an appeal decision from the Executive Director of the Community Action Agency, which initially conducted the audit.