EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan announced Monday Madison County has obtained funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development to assist low-income county residents with the cost of home energy bills.
“As winter approaches and temperatures drop, many less-fortunate county residents citizens need assistance with heating their residences,” Dunstan said. “Although unemployment in Madison County has dropped to right at 5 percent, many of the people who benefit from this program, especially the elderly and children, are unable to work. For them, the support available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is essential.”
LIHEAP is designed to assist low-income citizens by offsetting the rising cost of home energy. The program begins Oct. 1 with a special priority period, Oct. 1-31, for applicants with an age 60 or older and/or disabled household member, and Madison County residents who may also be disconnected or under imminent threat of disconnection from their utilities.
Beginning Nov. 2, households with children younger than 6 and households that are disconnected from their utilities may apply for enrollment in the program. All other households will be allowed to apply starting Dec. 1 through May 31, 2016. Once the LIHEAP funds are depleted, no additional applications will be accepted, regardless of the date.
The Madison County Community Development Energy Assistance Office administers the program and can help residents with the application process.
People wishing to apply for enrollment can contact the nearest outreach site in their area for an appointment.
The sites are:
- Madison County Energy (Edwardsville), 296-6485
- Riverbend Family Ministries, 251-9790
- Granite City Housing Facility, 876-4232
- Madison County Urban League (Alton), 463-1906
- Madison County Urban League (Madison), 877-8860
- Chouteau Township, 931-0323
- Collinsville Township, 344-1290
- Edwardsville Township, 656-0292
- Fort Russell Township, 377-5660
- Jarvis Township Senior Center (Seniors Only), 667-2022
- Highland Area Christian Ministry, 654-9295
- Olive Township, 637-2630
- Senior Services Plus, 465-3298
- Venice Township, 452-1121
Applicants 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. Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment as early as possible. Payments are approved on a one-time basis. Income guidelines for this program are as follows:
Size of household and gross income for 30 days
For information, call Madison County Community Development Energy Assistance at (618) 296-6485.