Porter County Aging & Community Services administers several Energy Assistance Programs including EAP, and NIPSCO Cares Hardship. Through our Energy Assistance Program, we assist low-income households with winter heating expenses and summer cooling expenses. This program helps those in need avoid service disconnection, reconnection fees and deposits. 

It is an income-eligible program as well as a program to help seniors and individuals with disabilities who are struggling to pay their energy bills. When participants qualify for a determined amount, the payment is electronically paid to the appropriate energy company.

If You Need Energy Assistance

Call our main number (464-9736) to make an appointment. You will need to bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Social Security Cards for all individuals in household
  • Proof of Income for last 12 months for everyone in household over 18
  • Most Current NIPSCO Bill
  • Disconnect Bill (if you have one)

2017 Energy Assistance Appointment Form

Landlord Affidavit form


Energy Assistance Phone number: 219-464-9736

Energy Assistance Fax number: 219-464-1393 

Trustee list and contact information

The annual Energy Assistance Program assisted 1,220 clients during the season running from November 2017 to May 2018. This included 256 senior clients, 474 disabled clients and 145 new clients. The amount distributed through the program totaled $471,667 up from the previous season of $397,791.

We are fortunate to have Deputy Director Judy Peracki lead the program and intake staff members Carol Hammond and Marilyn Lindner as well as volunteers Gail Galvan, Inge Nimtz and Dorothea Price.