Energy Assistance opens with no-contact options

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on November 10, 2021 with No Comments

Porter County Aging and Community Services help those in need of paying energy bills

For a second season in a row, Porter County Aging and Community Services is making the Energy Assistance Program application process as safe as possible.

Due to the continued concerns over the pandemic and their offices remaining closed to the public, Porter County Aging and Community Services has their website ready to connect with community members.

Applications for the program to help those in need of paying their energy bills will be processed on November 1. It is based on income and aims to avoid a service disconnection, reconnections fees, and deposits.

The full application, along with a checklist, instructions, and additional documents, can be found on their website’s Energy Assistance page: www.portercountyacs.org/energy-assistance. If you do not have access to a computer, there are printed packets available in the lobby of their offices between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Once the applications are complete, they can be mailed to: Porter County Aging and Community Services, Inc., Energy Assistance Department, 1005 Campbell, Valparaiso, IN 46385. You can also drop them off in the secure drop box set up in their lobby anytime between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

While their team and volunteers are not available to meet in-person for appointments, they can still answer your questions. Please call them at 219-464-9736, Option 1.

Reminder: Schedule your ride online

Porter County Aging and Community Services continues their transition to RideCo, which is an on-demand transit software service. 

Their bus riders can schedule a same-day ride – if available – through an app or online through the PCACS RideCo website: www.book.pcacs.rideco.com.  

While you can still call into their transportation department, you now can schedule a ride on your phone or laptop. 

The biggest benefit is that the software tracks the buses in real-time, so riders will not have to schedule appointments days in advance. This should translate into transporting more community members to where they need to go.

You can find the app by searching for “Porter County ACS” and adding it to your phone or laptop. Besides going to the link above on your computer, there is also an easily accessible link on their website. Of course, you can still call their transportation department at 219-462-4302.

Service hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a first pickup time at 6:30 a.m. and last drop-off at 5 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, the first pickup is at 7:30 a.m. and last drop-off at 4 p.m.

The cost remains $1 for one way and $2 for a round trip. People with disabilities ride free. Seniors in need can apply for subsidies to cover the cost of transportation.

For more information, visit www.portercountyacs.org/transportation-program.

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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 bhlindner@frontier.com.

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