Seniors Helping Seniors- Appointments now available for energy assistance

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured

Published on November 05, 2019 with No Comments

The Energy Assistance Season has started, and our volunteers and staff are now accepting appointments.

The program is in place to help community members with their energy bills during the cooler season. It is income-eligible and qualified participants will have a payment made electronically to the appropriate energy company.

While we understand that there may be a sense of urgency as the season first opens, we do want to remind community members that the season lasts until May 15. We will have plenty of time to see everyone that needs an appointment as the season rolls on.

You can schedule an appointment by calling 219-464-9736 and Select 1 to meet with a member of the PCACS staff or EAP volunteer. Appointments are available 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To prepare for an appointment, visit click on the 2019 Energy Assistance Appointment Form link. A landlord affidavit form is also available on the website and is only needed if utilities are included in the rent.

Open Enrollment Going On Now

Change is a common factor in both health and health plans. That is why it is so important to review your health and drug plans annually during the Open Enrollment Period that runs through Dec. 7. This is your opportunity to review your Medicare plans.

Our local SHIP office is right here in our building at 1005 Campbell St. in Valparaiso. State Health Insurance Assistance Program volunteers offer free and impartial counseling on the available Medicare plans as well as guidance on the money savings programs that are available.

Even if you are happy with your current plan, it is important to take the time to consider your current health and budget needs to see if there is possibly a better fit.

Trained SHIP volunteers are available to meet with anyone needing help. To make an appointment or for more information, call 219- 464-1028 or email


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About Bruce Lindner

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at

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