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Greater Hammond Community Services

Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

Will be serving clients as usual during this closed period. 1. Clients who already have an appointment ticket can submit their application and documents one of the following ways. a. Upload completed application and necessary documents and email to: Lscenter2@yahoo.com b. Drop off completed application and copies of the necessary documents and place them in the outside drop box, located on the Cedar Avenue side of the building. c. Mail in your completed application and copies of the necessary documents to the following: GHCS, 824 Hoffman St, Hammond IN 46327 2. Clients who do not have an appointment ticket and apply and upload necessary documents online and the EAP Connect Website and ihcda.azurewebsite.us/portal 3. You may contact Northwest Indiana Community Action - Resource Connections department at 1-800-826-7871 option 1 to request an application to be mailed to you. Please be advised that Nipsco, Duke Energy, Indiana-America, Citizens Energy Group and other providers have voluntarily suspended utility disconnections. If applicants have a utility disconnect notice, they must contact the utility provider to make payment arrangements to stay on during the application wait period.

Please call 219-932-4800 for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

Internet Essentials

High Speed Internet

You may qualify for Internet Essentials if: (A) You are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others. (B) You do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old. Families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible. (C) You live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available. (D) You are not an existing Xfinity Internet customer and have not subscribed to Xfinity Internet in the last 90 days. Visit www.internetessentials.com

Please call for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

Salvation Army: East Chicago Corps & Community Center

Non-profit
Nipsco Assistance

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center at 219-398-2939

Monday to Friday
Monday to Friday
Evening Programs
Utility Assistance

Hanover Township Trustee

Government
Nipsco/Water

Hanover Township residents only Monday - Thursday 9am - 3pm Friday 9am-12pm

Monday-Thursday
Friday
Utility Assistance

Lifeline

Government
Phone or Internet

Visit: www.lifelinesupport.org You can qualify: (1) Based on your income--You can get Lifeline if your income is 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines. The guideline is based on your household size and state. Show proof of income, like three consecutive pay stubs or a tax return, when you apply for Lifeline. (2) If You Use SNAP, Medicaid, or Other Programs Federal Assistance Programs--You can get Lifeline if you (or someone in your household) participates in one of these federal assistance programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, Medicaid; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA); Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit. (3) Tribal Programs (and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands); Show a card, letter, or official document, as proof that you participate in one of these programs when you apply for Lifeline. Tribal Lifeline takes up to an extra $25 off your monthly bill, for a total Lifeline discount of up to $34.25 per month. You can get Tribal Lifeline if you live on Tribal lands. Tribal lands include any federally recognized Indian tribe’s reservation, Pueblo, or colony, including former reservations in Oklahoma, Alaska Native regions, Hawaiian Home Lands, or Indian Allotments. If you live on Tribal lands, you can qualify for Lifeline if you or someone in your household participates in: Any of the federal assistance programs listed above Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Tribal TANF), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Show a card, letter, or another document as proof that you participate in one of these programs when you apply for Lifeline, and tell them you’re applying for Tribal Lifeline. Limit: One per Household--You are only allowed to get one Lifeline discount (phone or internet, but not both) per household, not per person. If someone at your address already gets Lifeline, your company will use a Household Worksheet to see if more than one household lives at your address.

Please call for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

St. Matthias Parish

Rent Assistance

Please call 219-663-2201 for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

North Township Trustee

Government
Senior Housing Air Conditioning Fee

Air Conditioning Fee: Must live in East Chicago Senior Housing. Must Qualify

Monday - Friday
Utility Assistance

St. John Township Trustee's Office

Government
Utilities Assistance

We provide the following to qualifying residents of St. John Township (Dyer, Schererville, & St. John; including some unincorporated areas) Water Nipsco

M-F Closed all major holidays
M-F Close all major holidays
Utility Assistance

St. John the Baptist Church

Utility Assistance

Please call 219-659-0023 for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

North Township Trustee

Government
Utility Assistance

Provides assistance with NIPSCO and Water utility bills. Must be a North Township resident (Hammond, Whiting, Munster, Highland, East Chicago)

Monday - Friday
Utility Assistance

NIPSCO

Utility Assistance

Please call 800-721-7385 for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

Calumet Township Trustee

Government
Utility Assistance

M,T,W,TH
Utility Assistance

Salvation Army: Gary-Merrillville

Non-profit
Utility Assistance

COVID-19: To keep our clients, staff, and volunteers safe, and in accordance with city and state guidelines, some programs at The Salvation Army Gary-Merrillville Corps Community Center are closed until further notice. Modified programs and services may still be available. Food and hygiene kits as well as funding for utility assistance are available by appointment. Staff will be taking the canteen out March 29 to deliver food, hygiene items, and prayer at local apartment complexes from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. For the most up-to-date information, please contact us at 219-887-6588.

M-F
Utility Assistance

Salvation Army: Hammond / Munster

Utility Assistance

Utility must be $300 or less or paid down to $300. Must have current bill, current picture ID, proof of income, birth certificates for those living within the home. Must be a resident of Hammond, Munster, Dyer, Griffith, St. John, Highland, or Schererville. By appointment only. Call 219-838-0380.

Monday - Friday
Utility Assistance

Center Township Trustee

Government
Utility Assistance

Please call 219-663-0250 for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

Northwest Indiana Community Action

Nonprofit
Utility Assistance

Please call 219-794-1829 for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

Catholic Charities

Non-profit
Utility Assistance

Past due utility assistance with a pending green disconnect, services must be in client's name. If you are emailing for financial assistance, please direct it to outreach@catholic-charities.org or call 219-689-8426.

Open Mon-Fri, closed for all major holidays
Utility Assistance

St. Thomas More -- SVDP

Church
Utility Assistance

COVID-19 Update: Continuing to operate. For assistance, call 219-836-8610. After a short eligibility interview, if you are eligible, assistance will be provided.

Please call 219-836-8610 for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

St. Thomas Aquinas Conference of St. Vincent de Paul

Church
Utility Assistance

Serves Knox, Hamlet, Monterey and Walkerton, basically the eastern portion of Starke County. May be able to provide utility assistance. Please contact 574-806-0431 to talk with someone about your needs and the St. Vincent de Paul team will determine how they may be able to assist you.

Please call 574-806-0431 for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

Greater First Baptist Church

Church
Utility Assistance

NIPSCO assistance once a year from East Chicago Foundation proceeds.

Please call 219-378-0914 for hours of operation.
Utility Assistance

Salvation Army: Hammond / Munster

Utility Payment

Clients can receive emergency financial assistance for an electric, gas, or water bill. Clients will be referred to the Hope Network, a network of churches that pledge payments towards the bill. For eligibility information, please visit our website: www.salarmyhammond.org

Monday - Friday
Utility Assistance

St. Vincent dePaul - Holy Spirit Conference

Valparaiso City Utilities

Water Assistance 205 Billings Street Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-462-6174

M, T, TH Office Hours
W Office Hours
Utility Assistance

North Township Trustee

Government
Water Bill

Water & Garbage services (Must be a North Township resident (Hammond, East Chicago, Whiting, Munster & Highland)

Monday - Friday
Utility Assistance

Salvation Army: East Chicago Corps & Community Center

Non-profit
Water Bills

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to help with mortgage/rent, utility bills, clothing, medication bills, and other needs in order to keep families in their homes. For more information or support: contact our Corps Community Center at 219-398-2939

Monday to Friday
Monday to Friday
Evening Programs
Utility Assistance