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There’s a Heap of Help to Heat Low-Income Illinois Households

January 23, 2012

So far, we’ve had a pretty mild winter, but it’s still cold out there, and there are plenty of Illinois and Chicago real estate owners and renters who are having trouble covering their heating costs. Those residents should know about LIHEAP.

More than $185 million has been set aside to help some of those Illinois households with their energy costs through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The funds assist low-income households with their home energy costs, including heating costs in the winter, cooling costs in the summer and even insulation costs to help make homes more energy efficient.

“At a time when utility costs are rising, this additional funding will certainly go a long way towards helping ease the burden on low-income seniors and families,” said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director. “We are strongly encouraging those who might be eligible to apply for the assistance as soon as possible.”

LIHEAP funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants, which include individuals or families that are below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. That equates to incomes of $16,335 for a single person or $33,525 for a family of four.

Illinois residents are dealing with rate hikes from Commonwealth Edison, Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas and Peoples Gas this year. If you are struggling between paying your energy bills or buying groceries, it’s time to check out LIHEAP.

To find out if you are eligible for the program, or to apply, Illinois residents should visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website or call the Energy Assistance Hotline at 877-411-9276.

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