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Brightpoint Energy Assistance Program Continues

Fort Wayne, IN – Brightpoint continues to seek applications for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties. The Energy Assistance Program helps pay a portion of participants’ heating bills with a one-time benefit. The average benefit that each family receives for their utility bill is about $450. This amount differs from family to family and is based on income, household size, dwelling type, and heating source.

“A lot of people think they won’t qualify because they over-estimate their income,” says Lesa Cassel, Family Support Services Manager. She urges everyone who thinks they are even close to the income guidelines to fill out an application and let Brightpoint’s staff determine their eligibility.

Another common reason why some people don’t apply is that they don’t want to take assistance that someone else might need more than they do. “We don’t want people to think of this as taking the money away from someone else,” says Cassel. “The assistance is here to be used and if we can help you with one month’s utility bill, you can use the extra money for other bills or put it into savings so you can be prepared for future unexpected expenses.”

Applications can be found on Brightpoint’s web site www.mybrightpoint.org/eap and may be submitted online or by email, fax, or the drop box located outside local offices.

The program runs through May 16, 2022. Applicants must meet income levels:

A copy of the following documents must be provided to complete an application:

Applicants with questions can call 1-800-589-3506 and follow the prompts for Energy Assistance or email gethelp@mybrightpoint.org.

 

Brightpoint is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization annually serving more than 30,000 people across northeast Indiana. Through a wide range of programs, Brightpoint helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty. All Brightpoint services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran. The Brightpoint Development Fund creates economic opportunities for communities, families, and individuals who lack access to affordable capital and financial services.

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