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CIEDC announces start of energy assistance program year          Send a link to a friend

[SEPT. 18, 2006]  The Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce that Sept. 1 marked the beginning of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP provides a one-time benefit to eligible households, to be used for energy bills.

The payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type and geographic location. The source of fuel does not have to be natural gas or electricity in order to receive assistance. Assistance for reconnection will be provided only to households that have made a good-faith effort to maintain their energy services or can pay a portion of the amount owed for disconnection.

Eligibility is determined by meeting certain requirements. To qualify for the priority period of Sept. 1 to Oct. 1, individuals must meet federal poverty guidelines and someone in the home must be on disability or aged 60 or over. All other households that meet federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for the program beginning Nov. 1 and continuing to May 31, 2007, or until all funds are depleted. Appointments are not made until these program dates begin.

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LIHEAP is coordinated by CIEDC in Logan, Mason, Menard, DeWitt and Piatt counties. Please call your local Community Action office to schedule an appointment or for more information: Lincoln, 217-732-2159; Petersburg, 217-632-3878; Havana, 309-543-2594; Clinton, 217-935-2455; Monticello, 217-762-2421.

CIEDC is a Community Action agency that serves the low-income, disabled and elderly in Logan, Mason, Menard, DeWitt, Piatt and Fulton counties. The agency is headquartered in Lincoln.

[Central Illinois Economic Development Corp. news release]

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