Summer cooling assistance program scales back funding

(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will change their summer cooling program for low income families.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which helps over 130,000 homes will scale back their program funds due to using most of their money during the winter months. Indiana will not run a summer cooling assistance program.

The program helped households who qualified with a $50 benefit given directly to utility companies. However, in a crisis situation families wishing to participate may be eligible for a benefit amount up to $200, for those who received disconnection notices through August.

Participants of the program could be eligible for items listed:

  • Air conditioners – with submitted medical paperwork
  • Those who were given an air conditioner before May 30, 2009 or older might qualify for a new unit.
  • If a unit was received between June 1, 2009 and August 30, 2013 families are not eligible.
  • Also those with central air conditioning in the home will be ineligible.
  • Those who heat their homes  with  propane fuel oil, or are part of the summer fill program wishing to participate will need to have paper as required for the winter heating season. For crisis assistance those eligible can get up to $400 in assistance.

For further information about the program, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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