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Energy assistance program begins

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[September 11, 2008]  The Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is pleased to announce that Sept. 2 marked the beginning of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP provides a one-time benefit to eligible households.

Heating bill payments are made on behalf of households with incomes of up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. A single-person household can qualify with a gross monthly income of up to $1,300. To qualify, a two-person household can earn up to $1,750 gross monthly income, and a family of four can earn up to $2,650.

Benefits are paid directly to the utility company. The payment is determined by the household income, size, fuel type and geographic location in the state. Source of fuel does not have to be natural gas or electricity in order to receive assistance.

Eligibility is determined by meeting specific requirements. To qualify for the priority period of Sept. 2-Oct. 1, individuals must meet federal poverty guidelines and the household must contain someone over 60 years of age or receiving disability. Disconnected households will be eligible to apply for reconnection assistance beginning Oct. 1. All other households that meet federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for the program Nov. 1-May 31 or until all funds are depleted.

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Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois serves families in need throughout Logan, Mason, Menard, DeWitt and Piatt counties.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call your local Community Action Agency Partnership of Central Illinois: Logan County, 217-732-2159; Menard County, 217-632-3878; Mason County, 309-543-2594; DeWitt County, 217-935-2455; and Piatt County 217-762-2421.

[Text from file received from Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois]


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