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CIEDC summer energy program begins Monday

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[July 05, 2007]  Central Illinois Economic Development Corp., a Community Action agency, has announced that the summer utility assistance program will begin on Monday. Funds are very limited and will be available in the form of a one-time lump-sum payment targeted to at-risk households. To be eligible, household income must be equal to or less than 150 percent of the poverty level.

Due to the limited funds available, there are strict guidelines. Requirements for eligibility include only the following situations: households that contain a member who is 60 or older; households that contain a child or children under 36 months; households that contain a member who is receiving Social Security disability benefits or with pending documentation filed with the Social Security Administration; or households that contain a member with a medical condition that must be verified by a doctor's certification letter stating what the condition is and that it would be aggravated by extreme heat.

Kelly Comerford, LIHEAP assistant coordinator, said: "Funds are very limited this year. The program is first-come, first-serve, and when funds are exhausted there will be no more funds available. Eligible households should contact their local Community Action office beginning July 9 to set up an appointment for application."

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CIEDC is a not-for-profit organization that serves Logan, DeWitt, Mason, Menard, Piatt and Fulton counties. Some of the other programs the organization coordinates are homemaker services, senior transportation, senior meals, Head Start, LIHEAP, foster grandparents and weatherization. For more information about all the programs, visit CIEDC on the Web at

[Text from file received from Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.]

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