CIEDC announces end of the LIHEAP
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CIEDC announced on June 1 that the Low Income
Home Energy Assistance Program year has officially ended. By
providing utility bill assistance, the program helps low-income
individuals stay warm in the winter.
For many Illinois households, energy costs place a severe and
continuing stress on the family's budget. In some instances, the
household is forced to make painful decisions regarding which bills
to pay and which necessities to survive without. LIHEAP provides a
one-time benefit to eligible households, to be used for energy
bills. The amount of the benefit is determined by income, household
size and geographic location. The program will reopen its services
on Sept. 1.
CIEDC provides LIHEAP services to Logan, Mason,
Menard, DeWitt and Piatt counties.
During the past winter, the program assisted over 4,063
households throughout the agency's service area.
CIEDC encourages any customers who are having problems paying
their bill to contact their utility company. Sometimes funds are
made available to provide summer cooling assistance.
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"In the event that there is a summer cooling program, you will
need to watch the television or check in the local newspaper for
that announcement," said Kelly Comerford, CIEDC's assistant director
for LIHEAP. "We are very pleased to have been able to assist so many
families. We encourage residents to contact their local CIEDC
Community Action to find out if they are eligible for the program on
CIEDC is a Community Action agency headquartered 1800 Fifth St.
in Lincoln. LIHEAP is one of many programs the agency manages to
assist the low-income and elderly in central Illinois. LIHEAP is
funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the
state of Illinois.
[Central Illinois Economic Development
Corp. news release]