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CANI energy assistance program to resume

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) will be accepting calls to schedule appointments for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties. The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay a portion of a household’s heating bills during the winter months. Last year, CANI helped around 9,500 families with their utility bills. Households include both renters and homeowners. Households are eligible for this benefit one time a heating season.

The program runs from November 4, 2013 through May 15, 2014. Applicants must meet one of the following income levels:

·        One-person household – No more than $17,235 annually.

·        Two-person household – No more than $23,265 annually.

·        Three-person household – No more than $29,295 annually.

·        Four-person household – No more than $35,325 annually.

Add $6,030 for each additional family member.

At all locations, the following must be brought to the appointment and is mandatory to complete an application:

·        Documentation of all household gross income (payroll check stubs, letter from employer, award letters, unemployment income, veteran’s benefits; TANF; Social Security; pensions, etc.) for the past 12 months for everyone in the household age 18 and older.

·        Current heating and light bills at current residence.

·        A Social Security number is required for all persons in the household over age 1. It can be in the form of the Social Security card, pay stub containing name and full Social Security number, Social Security award letter with full Social Security number, or a federal form with full Social Security number on it.

·        Rental lease or a completed landlord affidavit for all renters.

Anyone age 18 or over must submit a Wage History Statement from WorkOne and a completed Zero-Income Verification Form. A current school schedule must be provided for full-time students.

To make an appointment, call CANI at (800) 589-2264 and press “1” for Family Support. An online application can be found at www.canihelp.org.

CANI helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty. For more information about CANI and the services provided, visit www.canihelp. org.