Residents line up for summer energy assistance

By WEEK Producer

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 9:49 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Hundreds of people battled the heat on Tuesday for a chance at getting help on their energy bills this summer.

The line around the PCCEO building on on West McBean in Peoria snaked around the corner for much of the morning.

Residents were applying for funds allocated through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Households must meet income eligibility guidelines.

"I think it's extremely important especially for those seniors that have respiratory problems, that have medical conditions that they need air conditioning,” said PCCEO President McFarland Bragg. “You have families that are eligible that have children that are 5 years of age and younger. Many of the units these individuals live in don't have central air, they don't have air conditioning and on a day like today, especially around 2 o'clock, it's gonna be brutal."

The agency said it has funding for 1,100 people, but there are more people than that in need of assistance.

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