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October 9, 2002

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Now Underway

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced that the John W. Maitland Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Illinois is now underway for the upcoming winter season. Illinois households with disabled or elderly members, and those who are disconnected from their utilities, may now apply for heating assistance at locations throughout the state.

“Last winter we were able to serve over 285,000 households under the John W. Maitland Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program,” Ryan said. “Natural gas prices are expected to increase this winter over last year’s levels, and the weather is always an uncertainty. Eligible citizens are encouraged to start applying for these funds now.”

Total funding for the LIHEAP program this winter is approximately $127 million, with $62 million from the federal Low Income Energy Assistance Block Grant and $65 million from the state’s Supplemental Low Income Energy Assistance fund. LIHEAP funds are administered through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA).

“Because of Governor Ryan’s continuing efforts, Illinois received an additional $8 million in federal LIHEAP funds at the end of the summer to help senior citizens, households with young children and those with medical conditions cope with high summer electric bills,” said DCCA Director Pam McDonough. “Those extra dollars allowed the LIHEAP program to provide benefits to 47,000 such households. We are now gearing up for the coming winter with the goal of ensuring that every household has access to resources they will need to stay warm and safe.”

The energy assistance program is geared to households with incomes up to 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. A family of one can have a monthly income of no more than $1,108, a two person household no more than $1,493 and a family of four an income no greater than $2,263. Benefits are provided directly to the household’s gas or electric utility or delivered fuel dealer for households that heat with fuel oil or propane.

The months of September and October are set aside for households with elderly or disabled members and those disconnected from their utilities. All other households may begin submitting applications after November 1, 2002.

Benefits include repairs of inoperable residential heating systems, payments to utilities or fuel dealers on behalf of eligible households to help reduce energy bills, and emergency assistance to help disconnected households regain energy services. In limited instances where heat is included in rent, and rent is greater than 30 percent of a household’s income, a small cash payment may be made directly to the household.

LIHEAP is operated throughout the state by a network of local agencies that work with utilities, determine eligibility and provide benefits to households. Anyone wishing to apply should contact the local agency in the county where they live. Additional assistance is available by calling the toll-free LIHEAP information line at 1-800-252-8643.

Local Agencies providing LIHEAP assistance:

  • BCMW Community Services, Inc.

  • 909 E. Rexford Street in Centralia


    Counties Served: Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington

  • Carver Community Action Agency

  • 235 E. Main Street in Galesburg


    County Served: Knox

  • CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation

  • 1805 S. Banker Street in Effingham


    Counties Served: Christian, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby

  • Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.

  • 1800 5th Street in Lincoln


    Counties Served: DeWitt, Logan, Mason, Menard and Piatt

  • Community and Economic Dev. Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA)

  • 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 850 in Chicago

    312/207-5444 or 312/795-8844

    Suburban Cook County (Outside City of Chicago)

  • CEDA-Chicago Project

  • 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 850 in Chicago

    312/207-5444 or 312/795-8844

    City of Chicago

  • Community Contacts, Inc.

  • 1035 E. State Street in Geneva

    630/232-7600 (Kane)

    815/758-3835 (DeKalb)

    Counties Served: DeKalb and Kane

  • Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corp.

  • 1122 E. Marietta Street in Decatur


    County Served: Macon

  • DuPage County Dept. of Human Resources

  • 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton


    County Served: DuPage

  • East Central Illinois Community Action Agency, Inc.

  • 56 N. Vermilion Street in Danville


    Counties Served: Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion

  • Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc.

  • 115 S. Kentucky Street in Greenup


    Counties Served: Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland

  • Fulton County Health Dept.

  • 700 East Oak Street in Canton


    County Served: Fulton

  • Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation

  • 223 S. Macoupin in Gillespie


    Counties Served: Calhoun, Greene, Jersey and Macoupin

  • Kankakee County Community Services, Inc.

  • 341 N. St. Joseph Avenue in Kankakee


    County Served: Kankakee

  • Kendall-Grundy Community Action

  • 500A Countryside Center in Yorkville

    630/553-9100 (Kendall)

    630/553-9100 (Grundy)

    Counties Served: Grundy and Kendall

  • Lake County Community Action Project

  • 102-106 S. Sheridan Road in Waukegan


    County Served: Lake

  • Madison County Community Development

  • 130 Hillsboro Avenue, Suite 102 in Edwardsville


    County Served: Madison

  • McHenry County Housing Authority

  • 1108 N. Seminary in Woodstock


    County Served: McHenry

  • MCS Community Services

  • 345 W. State Street in Jacksonville


    Counties Served: Cass, Morgan and Scott

  • Mid Central Community Action, Inc.

  • 923 E. Grove Street in Bloomington

    309/829-0691 (McLean)

    815/844-3201 (Livingston)

    Counties Served: Livingston and McLean

  • Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency

  • 103-109 N. Chicago Avenue in Freeport


    Counties Served: JoDaviess and Stephenson

  • Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc.

  • 711 W. McBean Street in Peoria


    County Served: Peoria

  • Project NOW, Inc.

  • 418 19th Street in Rock Island


    Counties Served: Henry, Mercer and Rock Island

  • Rockford Human Services Department

  • 612 N. Church in Rockford


    Counties Served: Boone and Winnebago

  • Sangamon County Department of Community Resources

  • 200 S. 9th Street, Room 311 in Springfield


    County Served: Sangamon

  • Shawnee Development Council, Inc.

  • 530 W. Washington in Karnak


    Counties Served: Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union

  • St. Clair County Community Action Agency

  • 19 Public Square, Suite 200 in Belleville


    27 N. Illinois Street in Belleville


    County Served: St. Clair

  • Tazwood Community Services, Inc

  • Field Shopping Center, 2005 S. Main Street in Morton


    Counties Served: Tazewell and Woodford

  • Tri-County Opportunities Council

  • 405 Emmons Avenue in Rock Falls


    Counties Served: Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside

  • Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials

  • 1891 Maine Street, Suite 4 in Quincy


    Counties Served: Adams, Brown, Pike and Schuyler

  • Urban League of Champaign County

  • 314 S. Neil Street in Champaign


    County Served: Champaign

  • Volunteer Services, Inc./Crosswalk Community Action Agency

  • 410 W. Main Street in West Frankfort


    Counties Served: Franklin, Jefferson and Williamson

  • Wabash Area Development, Inc.

  • 110 Latham Street in Enfield


    Counties Served: Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne and White

  • Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council

  • 1 Industrial Park in Steeleville


    Counties Served: Jackson, Monroe, Perry and Randolph

  • Western Illinois Regional Council

  • 223 S. Randolph Street in Macomb


    Counties Served: Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren

  • Will County Center for Community Concerns

  • 304 N. Scott Street in Joliet


    County Served: Will

    ***The Hearing impaired may access all numbers through the State TDD Relay: 800/526-0844.


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