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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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
 
C.E.F.S. 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
217/732-2159
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
217/433-2705
Counties Served: Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion
 
Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc.
400 W. Pleasant
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.
657 East Court Street
815/933-7883
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
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
815/232-3141
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
815/987-5782
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
815/625-7830
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
217/363-3333
County Served: Champaign
 
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
618/965-3458
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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