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Monday, June 16, 2014

Illinois Summer Cooling Help is Coming! Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP Starts July 7

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, will be offering help with summer utility bills. The benefit is a $150.00 payment to electric providers.

Who is eligible?
Low-income households in which at least one person has a qualifying condition:
  • A medical condition that can be improved by air conditioning;
  • A person receiving Social Security Disability benefits, or who has a pending determination case at the Social Security Administration;
  • Senior citizen (over 60 years old);
  • A child aged 5 or younger.
The yearly income limits are $17,235 for 1 person, $23,265 for 2 people, and $29,295 for 3 people. More information about the income limits can be found here: http://liheap.ncat.org/profiles/povertytables/FY2014/popstate.htm
The program starts on July 7, 2014, and will end on July 23, 2014 - (or when Summer Funds are exhausted - funds in past years have been exhausted in around 5 Days after the start of application process) . Some local LIHEAP Administering Agencies will accept calls to make appointments before July 7, so call soon to make your appointment!

Contact your local LIHEAP Administering Agency for instructions on how to make an appointment to apply, and what documentation you will need to bring. The list of agencies that serve Illinois counties can be found here:  http://www.illinois.gov/dceo/Bureaus/EnergyAssistance/Pages/default.aspx

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