Assistance with winter heating costs offered | Community Spirit
(KFVS) - Starting September 4, residents in Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Monroe Counties will be able to apply for a home heating grant through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for households with an elderly and disabled member.
In October, households with a child under the age of five may apply in addition to households that are disconnected from their utility source. Open enrollment for all income eligible households will begin in November.
LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program that assists households with income up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Benefits of eligible participants will be paid directly to the household’s appropriate utility company or fuel source vendor such and propane, oil, kerosene and wood.
LIHEAP will be administered for the Illinois Department Commerce and Economic Opportunity through Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council whose central office is located in Steeleville, Illinois. The energy grant applications will be processed through a network of four outreach offices.
An outreach office is located in each of the following counties: Jackson (618-684-3341), Perry (618-542-4656), Randolph (618-443-5231), and Monroe (618-939-8715 or 618-443-5231).
Households are encouraged to call the Energy Assistance Outreach Office in their county to schedule an appointment to ensure a warmer and safer winter season.
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