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State Won’t Offer Cooling Assistance To Low-Income Families

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June 16, 2014 — By BRANDON SMITH, IPBS

State officials say they’re out of money after spending nearly $50 million this fiscal year on heating assistance.

Indiana won’t provide low-income families with financial help when dealing with summer cooling needs.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority traditionally provides 50-dollar benefits to utility companies to help low-income households deal with high energy bills as they try to keep cool during the summer months.

Those Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, benefits won’t be offered this summer because the state ran out of money – it’s already spent nearly $50 million this fiscal year for winter heating assistance.

The IHCDA is urging agency partners that help administer LIHEAP to use whatever money they have left to provide crisis assistance for homes whose utilities are disconnected during the summer.

 

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