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CIEDC announces end of the LIHEAP year  Send a link to a friend

[JUNE 7, 2006]  CIEDC announced on June 1 that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program year has officially ended. By providing utility bill assistance, the program helps low-income individuals stay warm in the winter.

For many Illinois households, energy costs place a severe and continuing stress on the family's budget. In some instances, the household is forced to make painful decisions regarding which bills to pay and which necessities to survive without. LIHEAP provides a one-time benefit to eligible households, to be used for energy bills. The amount of the benefit is determined by income, household size and geographic location. The program will reopen its services on Sept. 1.

CIEDC provides LIHEAP services to Logan, Mason, Menard, DeWitt and Piatt counties.

During the past winter, the program assisted over 4,063 households throughout the agency's service area.

CIEDC encourages any customers who are having problems paying their bill to contact their utility company. Sometimes funds are made available to provide summer cooling assistance.

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"In the event that there is a summer cooling program, you will need to watch the television or check in the local newspaper for that announcement," said Kelly Comerford, CIEDC's assistant director for LIHEAP. "We are very pleased to have been able to assist so many families. We encourage residents to contact their local CIEDC Community Action to find out if they are eligible for the program on Sept. 1."

CIEDC is a Community Action agency headquartered 1800 Fifth St. in Lincoln. LIHEAP is one of many programs the agency manages to assist the low-income and elderly in central Illinois. LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state of Illinois.

[Central Illinois Economic Development Corp. news release]


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