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Last updated on Thursday, June 19, 2014
(UNDATED) - Hoosier Uplands Summer Cooling Program has begun and ends August 30.
The program has traditionally provided a $50 benefit directly to utility companies for households who qualified for and participated in the recent winter heating assistance program.
Due to funding constraints related to program expenditures during the unusually harsh winter, households will not be receiving the $50 benefit this summer. Fans are no longer available through the Summer Cooling Program.
Although households that have a disconnect notice on their bill may qualify for a crisis benefit as funding permits.
The program is funded through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Also residents who heat their home through deliverable fuels, like propane, wood or oil, may apply for the summer fill program. Those eligible could receive up to $400 in crisis.
Hoosier Upland will also have a limited number of room-size air conditioners available.
To be eligible for an air conditioner, the household must be income eligible and must have a verified medical condition of a household member that justified the need for an air conditioner.
Doctor forms can be picked up at the Hoosier Upland office.
The household must also meet program definitions which classify the household as being at-risk, meaning the household must have someone who is elderly, disabled or a child under the age of six to be eligible.
The household cannot have received an air conditioner from the agency in the last five years nor have any other air conditioners in the home.
Hoosier is the local agency administering this program in Lawrence, Martin, Orange and Washington counties.
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