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Energy assistance available

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 12:35 p.m. CDT

Seniors and those with disabilities can now apply for winter heating assistance through Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, run by the state’s Office of Energy Assistance.

To enroll, clients must bring proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day period before the application date; a copy of their heat and electric bills issued within the past 30 days; a copy of their rental agreement showing whether utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information; proof of Social Security numbers for all household members; and proof that their household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households, according to the news release.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Households with children younger than age 5 can begin applying for LIHEAP assistance Oct. 1. Those not eligible for priority enrollment can apply beginning Nov. 1, according to the news release.

For information, go to liheapillinois.com or call 1-877-411-WARM.

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