Energy Assistance Program Opens Application Process

The Energy Assistance Program at CAPE started taking applications November 4.

Posted: Nov 10, 2020 4:30 PM

The Energy Assistance Program at CAPE started taking applications November 4.

Those in need better prepare now the process could take longer than normal.

"I've been in Evansville four years, I'm originally from Hawaii" says Joseph March whos unemployed.

March has been waiting since April for an unemployment check.

"At first work was hard to find, I ended up working for a trucking company, when the virus came, it started to slow down" says March.

The husband and father says he's applied for help countless times.

"Companies will shut you off, they don't care because their working, it could be the middle of winter and they still shut you off" adds the father and husband.

The Community Action Program of Evansville known as CAPE offers help to those in need through May 2021.

March says "A lot of places have ran out of funds or just cant help you".

While funds are limited, the program provides assistance with partial payment of gas, electric and fuel bills.

"I got help one time for my utilities" says March.

Once you are approved for assistance some utility companies are regulated by a state law that says you can not be disconnected from December 1, through March 15.

In Vanderburgh County, appointments must be made through the mail. No face to face interactions will occur this year, which could delay the response to applications.

"Not only myself, there is a lot of people going through what I'm going through, I feel bad because there is a lot of people a lot worse" says March.

In Henderson and Owensboro, the Audubon Area Community Services offers a similar program and resources to help those struggling during the colder months.

While programs like these offer partial assistance, agency officials say its important to continue to make some type of payment on past due balances with energy providers.

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