No Money for Cooling Assistance This Summer
It's going to be a hot time in the old town this summer.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) has released plans for the 2014 summer cooling program through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which began on June 16th and ends on August 30th. Through the organization, more than 130,000 households were provided with nearly $48 million in benefit assistance during the 2013-2014 winter heating season. However, because most of the program funds were spent during the winter months, Indiana will not have the money to fund a summer cooling assistance program this year.
The summer cooling program has traditionally provided a $50 benefit directly to utility companies for households who qualified for and participated in the recent winter heating assistance program. Because of funding constraints related to program expenditures during the unusually harsh winter, households will not be receiving the $50 benefit this summer.
The state recognizes that crisis situations still may occur through Indiana; therefore administrating agencies with any remaining funds may provide crisis assistance in the amount of $200 or less to eligible households who received disconnection notices through August 2014.
Additionally, summer cooling program qualified participants may be eligible to receive air conditioners, and existing clients who were given air conditioners before May 30, 2009 or earlier, may be eligible for new units.