Energy Assistance Program

The 2022-2023 Indiana Energy and Water Assistance Program will begin November 1, 2022. Please review the updated information below. 

LCCS, Inc. serves as an intake site for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  The program helps individuals and families with the cost of heating homes or apartments and summer electric when funds are available.  See the information in the application packet.

The 2022-2023 Program will be primarily virtual.  No walk-in or in-person appointments will be conducted. 

LCCS will provide drive-up dates and hours. Dates and times will vary so please call our office at (219) 663-0627 for specific dates and times other than listed below.

Pick-up dates:

Friday, October 21, 2022 – 9:30a – 2:30p

Monday, October 24, 2022 – 9:30a – 2:30p

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – 9:30a – 2:30p

Friday, October 28, 2022 – 9:30a – 2:30p

You will be able to return your applications via US postal service or via our LCCS DropBox – Monday – Friday (excluding observed holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (located at 1450 E. Joliet Street, outside of Suite 202, Crown Point, Indiana). Please place all documents in a sealed envelop with your name and phone number before placing in the DropBox.

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) can help you pay your heat and electric bills! EAP is a Federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) called the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

EAP provides a one-time annual benefit that can assist you with the high cost of home energy and can help if you are about to get disconnected. However, an EAP benefit will not cover all of your annual heating and electric costs, so you should continue to pay your bills regularly.

What are the Income Limits and Eligibility Requirements?
The amounts listed below, for 1-10 household members, are 60% of the State Median Income. If your household has 10 or more members, the amount is based on 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Please note that for eligibility determination, we use the most recent three months of income.

Persons in Household

Monthly Income

Three-Month Income































Below are the minimum requirements to apply for EAP.

* A completed and signed 2022-2023 application in English or in Spanish using BLACK INK ONLY. 


See instructions in the Application Packet:



Application & Privacy Notice:

2023 – Statewide Application Form -Lake County Community Services

2023 – Large Household Attachment

Other forms included: 

2023 – Landlord Affidavit – revised  – Use if you are a renter with utilities included in your rent.

2023 – Declaration of Absent Household Members – Use if there is an Absent Household Member identified on your documents such as, utility bill or bank statement.

2023 – Utility Affidavit – Use only if the Utility bill is in the name of another person.

2023 – Income Verification Affidavit and Department of Workforce Development Release of Information

2023 – Direct Benefit Payment Election Form

2023 – Request for Earnings Information

EAP Referral Form 2022-2023


Energy Saving & Safety Tips

* Photo ID for the person completing and signing the application.

* Proof of Social Security Number (SSN) for each member of the household:

Ø  Copy of Social Security Card

Ø  Copy of a valid U.S. Passport

Ø  Copy of a valid State-issued REAL ID

Ø  Copy of a pre-printed Federal Form, such as correspondence from the Social Security Administration or a W-2, that contains the person’s name and full, unredacted SSN.

 * Current Documentation of Income for all household members aged 18 or over.

Ø  Employment/wages

o Most recent paystub

o Request for Earnings information form – see attachments

Ø  Social Security/SSI/VA Benefits

o Most recent complete (all pages) award letter (may be downloaded from online)

o Complete current Bank Statement (no blacked out sections)

Ø  Pension/Retirement

o   Most recent award letter (all pages)

Ø  Most recent Form 1040 tax return, with all appropriate self-employment schedules

Ø  Full print-out of your most current Uplink statement (must be the actual printout – no screenshots will be accepted)

Ø  Alimony/Spousal Support/Worker’s Compensation/Private Disability

o   Any documentation of payments received.

Ø  Odd Jobs/Irregular Income/No Income

o   Completed 2023 – Income Verification Affidavit  

If you have any questions about acceptable documentation, contact us at (219) 663-0627. 

* Current, complete bills (all pages required) for electric, heating, and water/wastewater utilities.

Ø  If you heat with bulk deliverable fuel, provide most recent delivery receipt

Ø  If utilities are included in your rent, please provide a completed 2023 – Landlord Affidavit – revised and 2023 – Direct Benefit Payment Election Form


 * See the Application Instruction Page in the Application Packet for additional information.  

Indiana Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program