More Hoosiers checking for heating assistance ahead of winter

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 7, 2014)-- Hoosiers are preparing for a possible brutal winter by checking with various organizations for heating assistance.

Connect 2 Help has received more calls from Marion County residents this year than last year, since October. People have called because they want to book appointments with specialists in order for them to verify whether they are eligible for help through the energy assistance program.

“If you’re unsure if you’re eligible or you are not sure what it takes to apply for energy assistance, we would just prefer that an individual call us to find out because we don’t want individuals to go without heat this winter,” Energy Assistance Supervisor Cherelle Prim said.

Anyone in the state can call 211 and they will be directed to resources in their county. Marion County residents can also book appointments through this website.

“I just couldn’t imagine what individuals would do without energy assistance,” Prim said.

Specialists have booked appointments for people through February already. The day of the appointment, people find out whether they are approved for heating assistance and how much they will receive. Statewide, people who are approved for assistance, will receive a one-time benefit.

FOX59 learned as along as your heat is connected December 1 and as long as you are part of the energy assistance program, then your services cannot be disconnected through March 15.

FOX59 also checked with Citizen Energy Group. Their customers are already checking with the company about getting additional help. Dan Considine, company spokesperson, said they offer flexible payment arrangements, if someone cannot afford to pay their heating bill.

“This is really the perfect time to prepare,” Considine said.

If you need assistance, Considine said to call 317-924-3311.

“We recognize everyone loses when there’s a disconnection. So we do everything we can to avoid that as well,” Considine said.

Considine said they offer additional help through their Warm Heart Warm Home Foundation too.

“The last winter was a very unusual winter. (It was) the coldest in some 30 years so we’ll just have to wait and see,” Considine said.

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