As the temperatures begin to rise, so do summer cooling bills. Fortunately for many area residents, CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) may be able to help.
The CANI Summer Cooling Program begins June 4 and goes through Aug. 31.The program will provide families who were approved for the heating assistance program a $65 credit on their electric bill. The credit will be automatically applied after July 2, 2012.
If a client was approved for heating assistance this past year, but has moved since Oct. 3, 2011, he or she must make an appointment and submit a current electric bill when requesting the $65 credit. Anyone who did not apply for heating assistance between Oct. 3, 2011 and May 15, 2012 must make an appointment for the cooling program.
People may be eligible for an air conditioner if they meet any one of the following criteria and have an Air Conditioner Certification Affidavit completed by a physician (found online at www.canihelp.org):
· Elderly (over the age of 60) with a medical necessity.
· Disabled (receiving SSI/SSD or veteran’s benefits) with a medical necessity.
· A child age 5 or younger with a medical necessity.
· Must not have received an air conditioner from CANI within the past five years.
Appointments for air conditioners and summer cooling are made by calling (260) 423-3546 or 1-800-589-2264, for CANI’s main office at 227 E. Washington Blvd. in Ft. Wayne and all county offices.
At any location, applicants must bring:
· Proof of gross income for the last 12 months for everyone in the household age 18 and older.
· Social Security card for everyone in the household.
· Air Conditioner Certification Affidavit.
The maximum yearly income allowed is:
· One-person household – No more than $16,335 annually.
· Two-person household – No more than $22,065 annually.
· Three-person household – No more than $27,795 annually.
· Four-person household – No more than $33, 525 annually.
· Add $5,730 for each additional family member.
This is not an emergency program. CANI does not call in benefits, nor can the program be used for disconnects.
CANI helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty. For more information about CANI and the services provided, visit the website at www.canihelp.org