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Help for Families

Utility Costs

NWICA can provide assistance with utility bills through several different programs in Lake, Porter, Jasper, and Newton Counties.

Energy Assistance Program - EAP

The Energy Assistance Program can help low-income households with a one time payment towards their energy bills.

NWICA can provide assistance with utility bills through several different programs SERVICE AREA: Lake, Porter, Jasper, and Newton Counties.  For more information please contact NWICA at 219-794-1829 or dial 2-1-1.

Who Is Eligible?

• Utility Customers
• Renter or Homeowner
• Household Annual Income at or below 150% of poverty

Click here to view current Energy Assistance Program Income Limits.

How Do I Apply?

Click here to find your local intake center.

You will need to provide these documents:
• Social Security Cards for all household members
• Proof of Income for past 12 months
• Current Utility Bills
• Copy of lease for all renters
• Landlord Affidavit

A past due bill or disconnection notice is not required.
Assistance is available for natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, wood, and electricity.

Benefit amount is determined by:
• household size
• income (max.150% of Poverty)
• heating fuel type
• persons at risk (elderly, disabled,and children age 5 and under)
•  type of dwelling

Note: Deposits and Reconnection fees are NOT payable under this program.

If you would like to learn more about these services and find out if you qualify, contact NWICA 2-1-1 or Information and Assistance at 1-800-826-7871.