ALTON – Executive Director and founder of Riverbend Family Ministries Tammy Iskarous will assist individuals and families with applying for the Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Senior Services Plus, 2603 North Rodgers Ave.
The programs are designed to help low-to moderate-income customers of Ameren Illinois. Families coping with disability, illness and job loss may qualify to receive assistance for managing rising expenses on a fixed income.
Typically, total household income must fall between 150 to 300 percent of the federal poverty level to qualify for bill payment assistance. The home weatherization program targets households with incomes at 150 to 300 percent of the poverty level.
To encourage personal responsibility, the programs often require customers to share in the weatherization improvement costs and make matching payments on their energy bills.
Anyone interested in enrolling in the program must show proof of family income. A family's monthly gross income must fall between the ranges, based upon family size, to qualify.
Income guidelines are: a single household must fall into the 30-day gross monthly income range of $1,459 to $2,918; a two-person household must fall into the range of $1,966 to $3,932; a family of three must fall into the range of $2,474 to $4,948; a family of four must fall into the $2,981 to $5,962 range, and a family of five must fall into the $3,489-$6,978 range. Larger families may call ahead to check eligibility.
Reservations are encouraged but not required. For information, call (618) 465-3298, ext. 100.