CANI Offering Utility Payment Assistance for Winter Months

By Scott Sarvay

September 18, 2012 Updated Sep 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM EDT

Allen County, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Many of you worry about how you'll afford to heat your home this winter.

For nearly 11,000 families, Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) is bridging that gap.

CANI's energy assistance program provides financial help paying for utilities.

There's emergency help available for people who are already disconnected but officials say it's best to call as soon as you get the disconnect notice.

CANI also offers a weatherization program.

CANI’s Dir. of Community Services, Pam Brookshire says, “We can make the home much more energy efficient so that if they do receive an EAP benefit, it stretches farther. It makes the home more energy efficient and comfortable for the people living there, and it saves energy for the rest of us as well."

Qualifying for assistance is based on current poverty standards.

For a family of four, that means earning less than $35,000 a year.

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