Seniors & people with disabilities can apply Sept. 4

LIHEAP announces priority enrollment

By Mary Williams

LIHEAP announces priority enrollment

September 3, 2012 Updated Sep 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Seniors and people with disabilities in Peoria can begin applying for winter heating assistance on Thursday, September 6, according to PCCEO.

The home heating assistance is made possible through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low income families.

Possible clients are required to bring the following documentation to apply for this assistance:

* Gross income proof from all household members for the 30-day period prior to the application date.
* A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly).
* A copy of their rental agreement (if renting) showing whether utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information.
* Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members.
* Proof that household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

A family of four can qualify with a monthly income of up to $2,881, a family of three can earn up to $2,386, a two-person household up to $1,891, and a single-person household up to $1,396.

LIHEAP Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted. 

Appointments may be made at Carver Center, 710 W. Third Street, beginning at 8:00am on Thursday, or by calling (309) 671-3900 beginning at 8:30am.   Phones will ring busy and PCCEO encourages applicants to keep calling until they get through.

For a complete listing of LIHEAP's local administering agencies and additional information on the program, go to LiheapIllinois.com.

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