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Need help paying your winter bills? This fund can help

Lydia Watson with United Way of Central Indiana said the goal of the Winter Assistance Fund is to provide families with extra cushion.

INDIANAPOLIS — If you're worried about the gas and electric bills sitting on your table, help is available.

Lydia Watson with United Way of Central Indiana said the goal of the Winter Assistance Fund is to provide families with extra cushion.

"We're seeking to target households that are usually not eligible for other government assistance," Watson said.

Of the $200,000 they started with Nov. 1, 2022, around $160,000 is still available. 

"We don't want to walk away this season with any funds left on the table," Watson said.

If you're a single person, the income limit is around $32,000 a year. A single parent of two kids is about $52,000 a year.

While the fund was initially for Marion County residents only, it's now open to nearby neighbors who have AES or Citizens Energy. 

To apply, contact your local agency over the phone or in person. They'll want to know how much money you make, plus take a copy of your ID and bill. 

You cannot apply online. 

"On average, a regular WAF-eligible applicant will get up to $600, sometimes more," Watson said.

The fund is open until May and payments go directly to your utility company.

If you have other needs this winter, contact 211. They confidentially connect you with thousands of agencies and resources available.

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