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Community Action still has funds available for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

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[March 06, 2010]  Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois announced Friday that funds are still available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for families who have not applied for energy assistance from Sept. 1, 2009, to present. Eligible participants will have a payment made directly to their utility company.

To be eligible, household income must be equal to or less than 150 percent of the poverty level. For example, a single-family household can qualify with gross monthly income of $1,354, a two-person household up to $1,821, and a family of three can gross up to $2,289 monthly. An overdue bill or disconnection notice is not required. Assistance is available for households using natural gas, electric, propane, fuel oil or wood. Renters can qualify for assistance.

Kimberly Lucas, LIHEAP coordinator, said: "Funds are still available, and we are trying to reach those families that are in need of help with the high costs of utilities. We are especially interested in finding those families that have never needed help in the past."


The program runs until May 31 or until funds are exhausted, so interested individuals should contact Community Action immediately to make an appointment.

Interested individuals must bring the following to their appointment: Social Security cards for all family members, information on previous 30 daysí gross income, and most recent gas and electric bill.

To schedule an appointment, contact your local Community Action office: Logan County, 217-732-2159; DeWitt County, 217-935-2455; Mason County, 309-543-6988; Menard County, 217-632-3137; Piatt County, 217-762-2421. Arrangements can be made for those who cannot come in for an appointment.

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Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a not-for-profit organization that serves Logan, DeWitt, Mason, Menard, Piatt and Fulton counties. In addition to LIHEAP, Community Action provides Homecare, Foster Grandparents, Head Start, Early Head Start, Senior Transportation and Weatherization programs. Visit for more information.

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

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