EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan has announced Madison County has obtained funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce & 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 stated.
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 is under imminent threat to have their utilities disconnected. Beginning Nov. 1, households with children under age six and households which are disconnected from their utilities may apply. Other low-income eligible households will be allowed to apply starting Nov. 1, 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.
Persons wishing to apply should contact the nearest Outreach Site in their area for an appointment.
The sites are (all numbers in the 618 area code):
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
Ft. 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
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 bill(s) and proof of social security number(s) for all household members. Applications for home energy assistance are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. All households that are 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. To obtain additional information regarding the LIHEAP program should contact the Madison County Community Development Energy Assistance at (618) 296-6485.
Income guidelines for this program are as follows: