If you are facing disconnection or can’t pay your monthly utility bill on time, then Indiana Michigan Power may be able to provide you either more time to get on track or direct financial assistance. They realize that many people may face some short term financial hardships, especially with the weaker economy, and if individuals have more time then they may be able to resume paying their energy bills on time.
LIHEAP, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is offered for very low income Indiana Michigan Power customers. LIHEAP is paid for by the federal government, but applications are accepted and processed by local non-profits as well as other private community-based local organizations, such as community action agencies.
When someone enrolls in LIHEAP, they will also normally qualify for weatherization, which is a conservation program. Both of these resources are just some of the programs offered to provide energy and heating bill assistance to the low income. Call your local community action agency for applications and income levels.
Indiana Michigan Power payment arrangements – When a family needs a little more time to pay their bill, an extension can be offered. Dial 1-877-237-2886. A representative will review your account, and you may need to provide financial information, such as income and similar data. The extension will just provide you some more time, but a customer will still be obligated to pay their utility and heating bills in the future. In other words, the balance on your account is not waived.
Indiana Michigan Power and local nonprofit organizations offer Energy Share. This financial assistance program is run by various non-profit organizations, and an appointment is required as part of the application process. If you live in Michigan, including Cass, Berrien, and Van Buren counties, call the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency at 269-925-9077. If you live in Indiana, including the counties of Fulton, Elkhart, LaPorte, St. Joseph, and Marshall, call REAL Services at 800-225-3367 or 574-232-6501. Both of those agencies offer Energy Share in those respective states.
The Average Monthly Payment Plan (AMP) will average out the amount of your energy bills. So the program will help a customers budget by stabilizing their monthly electric bill. This energy saving plan will also help balance out a customer’s usage and scheduled rate increases by automatically making adjustments throughout the year, and it “level sets” the increases in energy bills that would normally occur during the summer and winter.
The Heat and Warmth Fund, or THAW, is another non-profit organization that is often run by the Salvation Army. Indiana Michigan Power customers can apply for funds and grants that can be used for bill-payment assistance across both states.
The resources offered by THAW also promote energy conservation, weatherization and energy efficiency education. These various resources can help people save money on their monthly energy bills. The non-profit works with a number of utility companies in the region. These companies provide funding to operate and administer the assistance program to the needy. Most of the utility companies match donations dollar for dollar and all contributions go directly to offering the low income assistance with paying bills or to pay for energy conservation measures.
The Winter Assistance Fund is paid for and managed by the United Way. This fund is another last resort option and it provides cash grants and financial assistance to low to moderate income families and individuals who are not eligible for any other energy assistance programs. So applicants may have income too high for LIHEAP, or maybe other funding from other agencies has dried up.
To apply for help with paying your Indiana Michigan Power bills, individuals and lower income customers should go to their nearest community action agency, call or stop by their township trustee or social service office, or dial 317-923-1466. Any of these options can provide you more information and help you apply for financial assistance.
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