State announces LIHEAP priority enrollment begins today
people with disabilities can begin applying for home heating
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[September 04, 2012]
-- The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity's Office of Energy Assistance announced Friday that
seniors and people with disabilities can begin applying for winter
heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance
Program, LIHEAP, beginning today (Sept. 4).
Clients must bring all required
documentation when applying for assistance, including:
Proof of gross
income from all household members for the 30-day period prior to
the application date.
A copy of their
current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days
(if they pay for their energy directly).
A copy of their
rental agreement (if they are renting), showing whether
utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord
Proof of Social
Security numbers for all household members.
Proof that their household received
TANF or other benefits, such as medical eligibility or SNAP, if
receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human
LIHEAP is a state- and federally funded energy assistance program
in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of low-income
A single-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up
to $1,396; a two-person household up to $1,891; a family of three
can earn up to $2,386; and a family of four can earn up to $2,881.
Benefits are paid directly to utilities on behalf of eligible
households. The exception is households whose heating costs are
included in their rent.
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LIHEAP applications are processed through a network of 35 local
administering agencies around the state. These agencies will begin
accepting applications on a first-come, first served basis from the
elderly and people with disabilities on Sept. 4. Customers will be
served until funding is exhausted.
Households with children under the age of 5 can begin applying
for LIHEAP assistance beginning Oct. 1. Individuals not eligible for
priority enrollment can apply beginning Nov. 1.
For a complete listing of LIHEAPís local administering agencies
and additional information about the program, go to
LiheapIllinois.com, or call the toll-free hotline at 1
Illinois Department of
Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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