Marion County residents seeking winter energy assistance can now schedule appointments

Mail-in applications are available for those with no transportation, internet

Starting today (Oct. 19) in Marion County, if you or a loved one need assistance with home energy costs this winter, you can call 2-1-1 or visit There, you can get more information or schedule an appointment at the closest provider of the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).

EAP provides a one-time benefit to eligible households at or below 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The benefit amount is paid directly to the utility provider. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 2-1-1 or visit

Learn more about the Energy Assistance Program

Appointments, which are required to start the application process, will begin Monday, November 2, at 25 locations throughout Marion County. All appointments must be prescheduled by either dialing 2-1-1 or going to the website: Both options are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Those who received energy assistance in Marion County last year and who are elderly, disabled or have children under age 5 in the household have automatically been mailed an application packet. Anyone who is homebound, without transportation or internet access, can request that an application be mailed to them by dialing 2-1-1.

LIHEAP provides assistance to those at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For example, a four-person household making less than $36,375 or an individual with an income less than $17,655 would meet the income criteria. For details about income eligibility and documents required for the application, call 2-1-1 or visit

Benefit amounts are based on household size and income, type of dwelling, renter or homeowner status, at-risk factors and the heating fuel source. Applicants must provide household income, housing and utility verification. 

In addition to LIHEAP assistance, Connect2Help 2-1-1 program specialists can then refer applicants to additional resources to assist in improving in their quality of life and moving closer to the goal of long term self-sufficiency.

Contact: Mary L. Kinney
Public, media relations director
317.921.1224 or