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Applications for winter heating assistance open in October

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STEELEVILLE, Ill. -- The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a state and federally funded energy assistance program administered for the Illinois Department Commerce and Economic Opportunity through Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council. 

The program assists households in Jackson, Perry, Randolph, and Monroe Counties whose household income is 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

Benefits of eligible participants will be paid directly to the household's appropriate utility provider or fuel source vendor such as electric, natural gas, propane, oil, and wood. 

Beginning October 1st elderly (60+) and disabled residents may choose to apply for a home heating benefit through the LIHEAP.  

On November 1st households with a child under the age of six or any household that is disconnected or threatened with disconnection from their utility source may also apply.  

Open enrollment for all income eligible households will begin December 1st.  Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis through May 31, 2019 or until funding is depleted, whichever comes first.

An energy assistance application may be attained by going to the outreach office in the county which you live.  

No appointments will be given with the exception of Monroe. 

Applicants must submit social security cards for everyone in the household, current gas and electric bills, total household income 30 days prior from date of application, and proof that their household received TANF, SNAP, or Medicaid assistance. 

LIHEAP INCOME GUIDELINES
Family Size           30 Day Income     
1                               $1,518     
2                               $2,058     
3                               $2,598     
4                               $3,138    

Please click here or call the WEEOC Energy Administration Office in Sparta at 618-443-5231 for more information.

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