EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan has announced the Madison County Community Development Energy Assistance Office has received funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for implementation of a LIHEAP Summer Energy Assistance program to assist low-income households in Madison County with electric services this summer.
Applications for the summer energy assistance program are being accepted at seven locations throughout Madison County.
“Because funds for this program are limited, we encourage qualified residents to make sure they have all necessary documents in order and complete the application process as soon as possible,” Dunstan said. “When state funds are depleted, applications will no longer be accepted.”
Benefits can be provided only to income-eligible households in one of the following groups:
• Households that contain a member with a medical condition that can be improved by air conditioning, such as asthma, emphysema, respiratory allergies, coronary disease or terminal illness. Required documentation must include a doctor’s certification letter, dated within the last 90 days, stating that the medical condition of the applicant would be aggravated by extreme heat.
• Households that contain a member age 60 or older.
• Households that contain children age 5 or younger (including all children who are not yet age 6).
• Households that contain a member receiving Social Security disability benefits or with a pending determination case at the Social Security Administration. Required documentation must include a letter of determination from the Social Security Administration or receipt of Social Security disability benefit statement.
Income guidelines for the Madison County Summer Energy Assistance Program are as follows:
Members of Household/Previous Gross 30-Day Income
One member: $1,459
Two members: $1,966
Three members: $2,474
Four members: $2,981
Five members: $3,489
Six members: $3,996
Seven members: $5,011
Participating households receiving Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) benefits on their electric expenses are not eligible for summer energy assistance. Also, households that received PIPP benefits any time during the period from September 2013 through Aug. 31, 2014, are not eligible.
All interested persons desiring to apply for the Madison County Summer Energy Assistance Program should contact one of the following outreach sites for an appointment:
• Chouteau Township, 906 Thorngate, Granite City; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; (618) 931-0323 or (618) 931-0360
• Collinsville Township, 305 E. Main St., Collinsville; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; (618) 344-1290
• Madison County Urban League, 408 E. Broadway, Madison; 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday; (618) 877-8860
• Madison County Wood River Facility, 1301 E. Edwardsville Road, Wood River; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; (618) 296-6631
• Madison County Granite City Facility, Granite City Housing Authority Administration Building, 2517 Nameoki Road, Granite City; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; (618) 876-4232
• Hillcrest Apartments, 1710 Muny Vista Drive, Alton; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; (618) 465-0996.
Contact the Community Development Energy Assistance Office at (618) 296-6485 for information regarding the Madison County Summer Energy Assistance Program.