FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): It may be unseasonably warm, but it’ll start turning colder soon.
The Northern Indiana Public Service Company, also known as NIPSCO, is teaming up with state agencies and other local organizations to help connect families that are struggling to pay their heating bills this winter with available assistance funds. Enrollment for the federal low-income energy assistance program begins today.
A number of programs are available to help those living within or just outside federal poverty guidelines keep the heat on this winter:
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): LIHEAP support is available to households falling within 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Between Dec. 1 and March 15, Indiana utilities do not disconnect service to customers enrolled in LIHEAP who are behind on their bills.
- NIPSCO Customer Assistance for Residential Energy (CARE) Discount Program: The NIPSCO CARE Discount Program is designed to provide further gas bill reductions to LIHEAP-eligible customers. Once enrolled in LIHEAP, customers are automatically enrolled in the program.
- NIPSCO Hardship Program: For customers just outside the federal poverty guidelines for LIHEAP, the NIPSCO Hardship Program offers up to $400 in gas bill assistance to households between 151 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Apply by calling 800-4-NIPSCO or visiting NIPSCO.com.