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One-Time Utility Benefit Available For Some Impacted By COVID-19

Courtesy of the State of Indiana

Hoosiers whose jobs were affected by COVID-19 could get access to some help with utility costs.

Those who lost their jobs – or had hours significantly cut back – can receive up to $350 in a one-time benefit to pay their utility bills.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch says the money comes from the federal CARES Act.

“This benefit is available both to individuals that have already received an energy assistance benefit or to new individuals who have not yet applied,” Crouch says.

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Hoosiers can apply for the money and ask about eligibility by calling 2-1-1 or by visiting the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s website.

The application deadline is July 31.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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