EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan has announced Madison County has obtained funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to assist low-income county residents with the cost of home energy bills.
“The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program works to provide needed assistance to those less fortunate, and in some cases gives a little financial relief to those people who are trying to rebuild their lives or their families,” Dunstan said.
The program is designed to assist low-income citizens by offsetting the rising cost of home energy. The program begins Sept. 1 with a special priority period (Sept. 1 through Oct. 1) for applicants with an elderly (age 60 or older) and/or household member with a disability, who may also be disconnected or are under imminent threat to have their utilities disconnected. Beginning Nov. 1, households with children younger than age 6 and households that are disconnected from their utilities may apply. Other low-income eligible households will be allowed to apply starting Nov. 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.
The Madison County Community Development Energy Assistance Office administers LIHEAP and can help residents with the application process.
People wishing to apply should contact the nearest outreach site in their area for an appointment. The sites are:
- Madison County Energy (Edwardsville), (618) 296-6485
- Riverbend Family Ministries, (618) 251-9790
- Granite City Housing Facility, (618) 876-4232
- Madison County Urban League (Alton), (618) 463-1906
- Madison County Urban League (Madison), (618) 877-8860
- Chouteau Township, (618) 931-0323
- Collinsville Township, (618) 344-1290
- Edwardsville Township, (618) 656-0292
- Fort Russell Township, (618) 377-5660
- Jarvis Township Senior Center (seniors only), (618) 667-2022
- Highland Area Christian Ministry, (618) 654-9295
- Olive Township, (618) 637-2630
- Senior Services Plus, (618) 465-3298
- Venice Township, (618) 452-1121
Persons applying for home energy assistance must provide proof of income from all household members for the 30-day period prior to the application date, proof of most recent energy bills and proof of Social Security numbers for all household members. Applications for home energy assistance are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. All households interested in applying are encouraged to call and make an appointment as early as possible. LIHEAP payments made to eligible households are approved on a one-time basis. Income guidelines for this program are available here.
For information, contact the Madison County Community Development Energy Assistance at (618) 296-6485.