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 to avoid service disconnection, reconnection fees and deposits.
EAP 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) and enter 1 to connect with our team to make an appointment or if you have questions.
To prepare for your appointment, please review requirements and eligibility factors as listed on the 2018 Energy Assistance Appointment form, which can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the link:
2018 Energy Assistance Appointment Form.
Program participants only need to submit a landlord affidavit form if the utilities are included in the rent, which is a change from previous years. If you need to fill out the Landlord Affidavit form, click to download: Landlord Affidavit form.
Energy Assistance Phone number: 219-464-9736, Select 1
Energy Assistance Fax number: 219-464-1393
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.