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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

    618/594-4146

    Counties Served: Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington

  • Carver Community Action Agency

  • 235 E. Main Street in Galesburg

    309/342-0158

    County Served: Knox

  • CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation

  • 1805 S. Banker Street in Effingham

    217/342-2193

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

  • Central Illinois Economic Development Corp.

  • 1800 5th Street in Lincoln

    217/935-2455

    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

    217/428-0155

    County Served: Macon

  • DuPage County Dept. of Human Resources

  • 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton

    630/682-7000

    County Served: DuPage

  • East Central Illinois Community Action Agency, Inc.

  • 56 N. Vermilion Street in Danville

    800/764-2555

    Counties Served: Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion

  • Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc.

  • 115 S. Kentucky Street in Greenup

    217/923-3113

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

  • Fulton County Health Dept.

  • 700 East Oak Street in Canton

    309/647-1134

    County Served: Fulton

  • Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation

  • 223 S. Macoupin in Gillespie

    217/839-4431

    Counties Served: Calhoun, Greene, Jersey and Macoupin

  • Kankakee County Community Services, Inc.

  • 341 N. St. Joseph Avenue in Kankakee

    815/933-7883

    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

    847/249-4330

    County Served: Lake

  • Madison County Community Development

  • 130 Hillsboro Avenue, Suite 102 in Edwardsville

    618/692-6200

    County Served: Madison

  • McHenry County Housing Authority

  • 1108 N. Seminary in Woodstock

    815/338-7752

    County Served: McHenry

  • MCS Community Services

  • 345 W. State Street in Jacksonville

    217/243-9404

    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

    800/883-1111

    Counties Served: JoDaviess and Stephenson

  • Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc.

  • 711 W. McBean Street in Peoria

    309/671-3900

    County Served: Peoria

  • Project NOW, Inc.

  • 418 19th Street in Rock Island

    309/852-4565

    Counties Served: Henry, Mercer and Rock Island

  • Rockford Human Services Department

  • 612 N. Church in Rockford

    815/987-5501

    Counties Served: Boone and Winnebago

  • Sangamon County Department of Community Resources

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

    217/535-3120

    County Served: Sangamon

  • Shawnee Development Council, Inc.

  • 530 W. Washington in Karnak

    618/634-2201

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

  • St. Clair County Community Action Agency

  • 19 Public Square, Suite 200 in Belleville

    618/277-6790

    27 N. Illinois Street in Belleville

    618/257-9246

    County Served: St. Clair

  • Tazwood Community Services, Inc

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

    309/266-9941

    Counties Served: Tazewell and Woodford

  • Tri-County Opportunities Council

  • 405 Emmons Avenue in Rock Falls

    800/323-5434

    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

    217/224-8171

    Counties Served: Adams, Brown, Pike and Schuyler

  • Urban League of Champaign County

  • 314 S. Neil Street in Champaign

    217/356-1364

    County Served: Champaign

  • Volunteer Services, Inc./Crosswalk Community Action Agency

  • 410 W. Main Street in West Frankfort

    618/937-3581

    Counties Served: Franklin, Jefferson and Williamson

  • Wabash Area Development, Inc.

  • 110 Latham Street in Enfield

    618/445-2379

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

  • Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council

  • 1 Industrial Park in Steeleville

    618/939-8715

    Counties Served: Jackson, Monroe, Perry and Randolph

  • Western Illinois Regional Council

  • 223 S. Randolph Street in Macomb

    309/837-2997

    Counties Served: Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren

  • Will County Center for Community Concerns

  • 304 N. Scott Street in Joliet

    815/722-0722

    County Served: Will

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



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