FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2022
Contact: Maude Harrison, Energy Assistance Director
Contact information: 1-618-963-2387
Wabash Area Development, Inc. Announces the Start of the Energy Assistance Program
LIHEAP is available for ALL income qualified households beginning September 1, 2022
Enfield — The Wabash Area Development, Inc., as administrator of the Home Energy
Assistance Program in Edwards, Hamilton, Gallatin, Saline, Wabash, Wayne, and White Counties is
pleased to announce that funds are available to assist income-eligible households with their natural
gas, propane and electric bills and furnace assistance.
The program will begin September 1, 2022, for all income-eligible households. Applications
will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis through May 31, 2023. There will be no priority groups
this program year. Households in need are encouraged to apply.
Households must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level to receive a benefit from the
LIHEAP Program. The 30-day income guidelines for LIHEAP are based on Federal Poverty
Guidelines, State Median Income and the number of persons living in the household. The income
guidelines are as follows: 1-$2,265, 2-$3,052, 3-$3,838, 4-4,625. Go to https://www.wadiinc.com/energy.html to know income limits for households with 5 members and more.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides one-time benefits to
income eligible homeowners and renters to help with energy bills and for reconnection of energy
service. Propane customers are encouraged to apply when the program opens in September to take
greater advantage of lower propane prices. Propane prices typically increase during the winter months
so by applying early propane customers will see their LIHEAP benefit go further.
Applications will be taken at the following county outreach offices: Edwards, Hamilton,
Gallatin/Saline, Wabash, Wayne, and White.
To submit an application, you MUST submit ALL documentation required:
- Proof of gross income from all household members for the prior 30-day period
beginning with the date of application.
- Proof of Social Security numbers or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
for all household members. Individuals without an SSN or ITIN can still apply and
Wabash Area Development, Inc. will advise accordingly.
- A copy of current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days.
- A copy of rental agreement (if renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly
rental amount and landlord contact.
- Other documents may be needed based on your household situation. If you have
questions regarding this, please call our office.
Water and sewer cost assistance is available this year in the Low-Income Household Water
Assistance Program (LIHWAP). You can apply for water and sewer assistance on the same application
as LIHEAP. Bring your water bill(s) with you to your LIHEAP appointment. Help with arrearages is
available as well as rate reduction assistance of $100-$400, depending upon your income level. Prior
year recipients are eligible to re-apply.
Please call Wabash Area Development, Inc. at 1-618-963-2387 for outreach locations and
schedules, and for information on what documents are needed to apply and different ways to submit