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December 12, 2003

Governor Blagojevich Releases Additional Funding to help Residents Pay for Winter Heating Bills
$2 million in additional Heating Assistance on its way LIHEAP Expected to Benefit over 300,000 Illinois Households

CHICAGO -- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Illinois will have an additional $2 million for the winter season.  The added funds will allow the program to serve an additional 4,000 households across the state.
“As temperatures drop and snowflakes begin falling, calls for assistance have gone up,” said Governor Blagojevich.   “Families who can’t afford to pay their bills will now have some extra help.  LIHEAP is another way we can ensure our families are warm and safe this winter”.
Total funding for LIHEAP this winter is approximately $146 million, with $79 million from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant and $67 million from the state’s Supplemental Low Income Home Energy Assistance fund.  LIHEAP funds are administered through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
“The continued volatility of natural gas prices and the uncertainty of the Illinois winter means heating bills could unexpectedly rise putting our low-income residents at-risk,” said DCEO Director Jack Lavin.  “These additional funds released by the Governor will allow us to meet those increased demands.”
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 $1,123, a two person household no more than $1,515 and a family of four an income no greater than $2,300.  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.
Benefits include 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
C.E.F.S. 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.
400 W. Pleasant
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.
657 East Court Street
County Served: Kankakee
Kendall-Grundy Community Action
500A Countryside Center in Yorkville
630/553-9100 (Kendall)
815/941-3262 (Grundy)
Counties Served: Grundy and Kendall
Community Action Partnership of Lake County
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
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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