Community Action can still help with energy costs
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[March 06, 2012]
Community Action Partnership of Central
Illinois announced Monday that funds are still available for
families who have not applied for energy assistance from Sept. 1,
2011, to the 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 $1,361, a two-person household up to $1,839, and a
family of three can gross up to $2,316. An overdue bill or
disconnect notice is not required. Assistance is available for
households using natural gas, electric propane, fuel oil or wood.
You do not have to own your own home to be eligible. Renters can
also apply for assistance.
"Funds are still available," said Kim Lucas, LIHEAP assistant
coordinator. "We are trying to reach those families that we have not
been able to assist in the past. We hope that those who are
struggling will call and inquire to see if they are eligible for any
assistance through the program."
The program runs until May 31 or until funds are exhausted,
whichever comes first. Interested individuals should call Community
Action immediately to make an appointment. Interested individuals
will be asked to bring the following to their appointment: Social
Security cards for all members of the household, records of all
earned income received during the 30 days prior to their
appointment, and their last gas and electric bill.
Interested individuals should call their local Community Action
office: Logan County, 217-732-2159; DeWitt County, 217-935-2455;
Piatt County, 217-762-2421; Mason County, 309-543-6988; Menard
County, 217-632-3137. Arrangements can be made for those who cannot
come to the office for an appointment.
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Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a
not-for-profit agency that serves Logan, DeWitt, Mason, Menard and
Piatt. In addition to LIHEAP, Community Action also provides the
Foster Grandparent program, Head Start, Senior Transportation,
Senior Meals, food pantry assistance, weatherization and more. Visit
www.capcil.org for more
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of