You can find help with paying utility bills in all cities including Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.
A state law requires that Indiana's 1,008 towns and townships provide help with utility bills and other “poor relief" that can include utility, heating, housing, food, and medical assistance. Townships are defined as local governmental units within the counties and cities, with elected boards and trustees. Various property taxes fund the "poor relief" program and each local government entity establishes spending guidelines for the funds. Contact your local office.
Universal Service Program (USP)
Eligible customers of Citizens Gas and Vectren, who have applied for electric and heating bill assistance, will automatically be enrolled in the new USP program and they will receive utility bill reductions in addition to LIHEAP. Monthly utility bill reductions will range between 9 percent to 32 percent of the total bill, as this does not include any LIHEAP benefits. The program depends on the consumer's income level as well as utility provider. The pilot USP will also provide additional funding to both of the utility companies weatherization programs.
Indiana Low Income Energy Assistance
Provides grants and financial assistance to low to moderate income families and individuals in Indiana. Read more.
Winter Assistance Fund
This assistance fund, which is administered by the United Way, provides help and financial assistance to individuals and families in Indiana who are not eligible for any other utility bill assistance programs.
Warm Heart, Warm Home Foundation
This aid program will assist those families and individuals who are experiencing financial hardships.
Low-Income Weatherization Program
This program for Indiana residents is offered through a partnership with the state of Indiana. The assistance program is designed to provide energy education as well as energy-saving installations at no cost to customers who qualify for the weatherization or heating bill help as part of the local, state or federal government programs.
Lower income customers that disabled, or are at least 60 years old and who meet certain household income guidelines may receive aid in the form of a one-time $60 payment.
Indiana Michigan Power
This is a utility bill and energy assistance program created for lower income customers in Indiana who may be having trouble paying their utility bills.
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
Gift of Warmth
An aid fund created to help NIPSCO customers who do not qualify for utility or heating bill assistance under Indiana's LIHEAP guidelines.
Home Energy Solutions Weatherization Program
Qualifying homeowners in Indiana will receive a free home energy assessment to help them save on their energy bills. Depending on the results of this free energy assessment, you may receive some free energy saving improvements such as : additional insulation, replacing a furnace or water heater with a more efficient appliance; air sealing, and other energy saving improvements, all in an effort to help lower your utility bills.
Winter Warmth Heating Bill Help
LIHEAP eligible customers, or just customers who are experiencing a financial hardship, can receive up to $400 that can be applied to the payment of natural gas deposits and delinquent utility bills. Additionally, NIPSCO will limit natural gas deposit payments of LIHEAP customers to only $150 and a maximum of $300 for other non-LIHEAP eligible customers that have been determined to have a financial hardship.
Share the Warmth
Cash grants are distributed annually to the Indiana Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program and members. Weatherization services are also provided and will vary with each home, depending on home construction and the condition of the home. Click here to find additional Vectren assistance programs.
Energy Conservation Programs
The main service available is weatherization. This is the federal government paid for program that will install free updates to clients homes. The improvements are meant to improve the safety of a home, and also help Indiana families save money on their utility bills. Updates can include extra insulation, caulking, window repairs, and much more. Click here.
Get additional aid and also read how others in Indiana are dealing with high heating and utility bills. More.