(UNDATED) - Applications are holding about steady for programs to help needy Hoosiers keep up with their winter heating bills.
About 40,000 people have applied for the federally-funded Energy Assistance Program, about the same as last year.
Hoosiers within 50-percent of the poverty line are eligible for a 290-dollar credit on their winter gas or electric bill. That threshold translates to a household income below 35-thousand dollars for a family of four.
The state received 65-and-a-half-million dollars for the program, the same as last year. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority Deputy Director Donna Wright says the authority administers the program through nearly two dozen community action agencies around the state.
The website is http://www.pacecaa.org/
Agencies will accept applications through the end of the winter heating season March 15, or until the money runs out, whichever comes first.
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