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Utility Assistance Help Available to Families With Dependent Child, Household Member With Disability
Updated May 20, 2016 6:51 AM | Filed under: Utilities
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(UNDATED) - Warmer weather has finally arrived, but families may be behind on utility bills from the cold weather months, or may be looking to challenges in paying bills to keep their house cool this summer.

Qualified families who need assistance with their heating or cooling bills can seek assistance through The Arc of Indiana's Utility Support Program.

The Arc's Utility Support Program can assist families with a dependent child, one or more family members with a disability, and income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. The program can provide up to two months heating or cooling utility bill assistance, funding to prevent disconnection or reactivate services, funding to cover utility debt back to one year from date of application, and deposit assistance to begin services.

Families can receive additional information or apply for the Utility Support Program by calling 800-573-9816 or emailing

Information is also available by visiting:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements
  • Family with a dependent child under the age of 18
  • One or more residents in household must have a disability
  • Thirty days income verification
  • Family income at or below 250% of federal poverty level:
    • 2 person household - $40,050
    • 3 person household - $50,400
    • 4 person household - $60,750
    • 5 person household - $71,100
    • 6 person household - $81,450

Eligible Utility Support Services:

  • Funding to prevent disconnection of services
  • Funding to reactivate services
  • Funding to cover utility debt back to one year from date of application
  • Deposit assistance to begin services
  • Up to two months heating or cooling utility bill assistance

The Arc of Indiana was established in 1956 by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who joined together to build a better and more accepting world for their children. Today, the combined strength of The Arc of Indiana's 43 chapters and 24,000 members, state Arcs and The Arc of the United States makes The Arc the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

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