Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) would like to thank you for all you have done to help ensure families stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  This energy assistance program assists roughly 108,000 families on an annual basis with their utilities.

The Energy Assistance Program provides financial assistance to low-income households to maintain utility services during the winter heating and summer cooling seasons. The program is implemented through the Community Action Agencies with outreach offices in every county. These agencies provide intake, application processing and utility vendor payments.

NOTE: The Winter Energy Assistance Program has been extended to June 1st this year. If you have clients that may be eligible and have not yet applied, please refer them to their Local Service Provider

Program Policy and Forms




Reference Materials

*This document is a guideline created by Area Five for their training purposes and is being shared as a resource. However, this guideline should not be interpreted as IHCDA policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Trainings and Events

Training and technical assistance is offered by IHCDA. There is an annual fall meeting to discuss program implementation, policy changes, program integrity, and funding,   Training materials from that meeting are made available by October 1 of the new heating season. Other training sessions are hosted as needed via webinar or conference call. These training materials are posted within 48 hours of the training session.

Indiana Home Energy Assistance Program

The Indiana Home Energy Assistance Program, commonly known as State EAP, began on October 1, 2012. This program is funded by the multi-state mortgage settlement through the Attorney General’s Office. This program will provide homeowners with utility and crisis assistance toward their primary heating source.


Eligible Clients

This program is for homeowners only. These are homeowners were approved at a local agency through the mail-in process or by appointment.



Each homeowner will receive $60 toward the primary heating source, as well as assistance with deposits, reconnect fees, or disconnections not covered by the federal program.


United Way of Central Indiana Winter Assistance Fund (UWCI WAF)

US Department of Health & Human Services