As Summer Ends, Consider Winter

September 04, 2010

A drop in temperature and it is time to start thinking cold thoughts: Illinois officials have started taking applications for winter heating help.

Governor Pat Quinn announced this week that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications from seniors and those with disabilities for energy assistance this winter.

The program, which is state and federally funded, provides grants to eligible families whose incomes are at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.

For the 2009 winter season, the minimum benefit provided was $100, the average was $530 and the maximum was $1,081.

To see if you qualify for this winter’s program, visit

Other deadlines for requesting assistance:

*October 1: For families with children under the age of 5

*November 1: For all other Illinois residents

For more information on the program, check out

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