Agencies team up for heating assistance

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Agencies in Marion County have formed a consortium to simplify heating assistance for as many as 30,000 households.

IndyEAP is a new, one-stop option for the federally funded energy assistance program served by The United Way of Central, Connect2Help 211 and the John H. Boner Community Center.

IndyEAP requires potential clients to book an appointment to apply for assistance by calling 211 or visiting the system’s website,

“They can expect to get a very friendly voice, a very friendly person to help them methodically walk through the process and they are trained to make sure (they’re as) helpful and client-centered as possible,” Christie Gillespie with The United Way of Central Indiana said.

The most one household can receive is a benefit of just under $400 paid directly to a utility provider.

Help will be prioritized for people living at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, which breaks down to an individual annual income less than $17,500.

Gillespie said IndyEAP is not the only heating help option available but that 211 should be the first step made by households seeking assistance. Specialists answering the call center are trained to point people in the right direction based on eligibility. 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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