LIHEAP sign-up period begins Sept. 1
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[August 25, 2009]
The Community Action Partnership
of Central Illinois announced Monday that the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program will begin Sept. 1. The Community Action
Partnership administers the program, which provides a one-time
benefit toward utilities for eligible households in DeWitt, Logan,
Mason, Menard and Piatt counties.
To qualify for the priority period of Sept. 1-Nov. 1, individuals
must have incomes of no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty
level, and someone in the home must be on disability or aged 60 or
over. Households that are disconnected from their primary or
secondary energy source are also eligible to apply for reconnection
assistance during the priority period. For a single-person
household, 150 percent of the federal poverty level is $1,354
monthly income; for a two-person household, $1,821; and $2,289 for a
family of three.
The amount of utility payment is determined by
the household income, size, fuel type and geographic location in the
state. Source of gas does not have to be natural gas or electricity
in order to receive assistance. Payments are made directly to
vendors on behalf of the households.
All other households that meet the 150 percent federal poverty
guidelines will be eligible for the program beginning Nov. 1 and
continuing to May 31, 2010, or until all funds are depleted.
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On or after Sept. 1, interested participants can contact their local
Community Action Agency Partnership of Central Illinois office to
schedule an appointment. In Logan County call 217-732-2159, ext.
226; in Menard County, 217-632-3878; in Mason County, 309-543-2594;
in DeWitt County, 217-935-2455; and in Piatt County, 217-762-2421.
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois serves
low-income, disabled and elderly households in six central Illinois
counties: Fulton, Logan, Mason, Menard, DeWitt and Piatt.
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of