Cooling assistance from Community Action begins July 19
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[July 08, 2010]
Community Action Partnership of Central
Illinois announced Wednesday that the summer utility assistance
program will begin on July 19 in DeWitt, Logan, Mason, Menard and
Piatt counties. The focus of the cooling program is electric
service. Funds are very limited and will be available in the form of
a one-time lump-sum payment targeted to income-eligible, at-risk
To be eligible, household
income must be equal to or less than 150 percent of the 2010 federal
poverty guidelines. A single-person household can qualify with gross
monthly income of $1,354; a two-person household up to $1,821 gross
monthly income; and a family of three can gross up to $2,289
In addition to income eligibility, only at-risk
households with one of the following conditions can receive
contain a member with a medical condition that can be
ameliorated by air conditioning, such as asthma, emphysema,
coronary disease and terminal illnesses. Required documentation
must include a doctor's certification letter dated within the
last 90 days, stating that the medical condition would be
aggravated by extreme heat.
contain a member who is elderly (age 60 and above).
contain children under 36 months of age or younger.
Households that contain a member
receiving Social Security disability benefits or with a pending
determination case at the Social Security Administration.
Required documentation must include a letter of determination
from the Social Security Administration or receipt of Social
Security disability benefit statement.
The program's benefits are summer energy assistance payments of
$150 to electric providers. There will be no cash payments for
renters who do not have a utility account.
Kimberly Lucas, assistant coordinator of the Low Income Home
Energy Assistance Program, said: "Funds are very limited this year.
The program is first-come, first-serve. Once funds are exhausted
there will be no more funds available."
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Eligible households should contact their local Community Action
office no sooner than July 19 to set up an appointment for
application. The program ends July 30 or when funds are exhausted.
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a
not-for-profit organization that serves DeWitt, Fulton, Logan,
Mason, Menard and Piatt counties with a variety of programs,
including LIHEAP. Some of the other services are Head Start, Early
Head Start, senior transportation and meals, Foster Grandparents,
For more information about all the programs or to set up an
appointment, contact Community Action Partnership of Central
Illinois on the Web at
www.capcil.org or call one of the offices: Logan County,
217-732-2159, ext. 226; Menard County, 217-632-3137; Mason County,
309-543-6988; DeWitt County, 217-935-2455; Piatt County,
[Text from file received from
Community Action Partnership of