To be eligible, household income must be equal to or less than 150
percent of the poverty level. A single-person household can qualify
with gross monthly income of $1,354, a two-person household up to
$1,821 gross monthly income, and a family of three can gross up to
The LIHEAP Summer Energy Assistance Program is
targeted to at-risk households, defined as seniors, people with
disabilities, and families with children less than 36 months of age
as of the date of application, and those with medical conditions
that would be aggravated by extreme heat.
To qualify, these at-risk households must have incomes equal to
or less than 150 percent of the poverty level as defined in the 2009
poverty guidelines of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. Benefits can be provided only to income-eligible
households that can be included in one of the following groups:
Households that contain a member with a medical condition that
can be ameliorated by air conditioning, such as asthma, emphysema,
coronary disease and terminal illnesses. Required documentation must
include a doctor's certification letter dated within the last 90
days, stating that the medical condition would be aggravated by
Households that contain a member who is elderly (age 60 and
Households that contain children under 36 months of age or
Households that contain a member receiving Social Security
disability benefits or with a pending determination case at the
Social Security Administration. Required documentation must include
a letter of determination from the Social Security Administration or
receipt of Social Security disability benefit statement.
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The focus of the cooling program is electric service. The program's
benefits are summer energy assistance payments of $150 to electric
providers. There will be no cash payments for renters who do not
have a utility account. "Funds are very limited this year," said
Kimberly Lucas, assistant coordinator of the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program. "The program is first-come, first-serve, and
when funds are exhausted there will be no more funds available."
Eligible households should contact their local Community Action
office beginning Monday to set up an appointment for application.
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a
not-for-profit organization that serves Logan, DeWitt, Mason,
Menard, Piatt counties with a variety of programs. Besides LIHEAP,
some of the other services are Head Start, the Foster Grandparent
program, transportation and meals for seniors, and weatherization.
For more information about all the programs, visit
www.capcil.org or call the
Community Action Partnership: Logan County, 217-732-2159, ext. 226;
Menard County, 217-632-3878; Mason County, 309-543-2594; DeWitt
County, 217-935-2455; Piatt County, 217-762-2421.
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of