By TESA GLASS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — Winter is hanging on and funding for residents who qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program are still available.
The funding is for households who have not applied since the winter heating assistance program started on Sept. 3, 2013.
The LIHEAP program provides financial assistance to eligible households to help pay
a portion of their winter heating bills. The program is administered by Crosswalk Community Action Agency, located in West Frankfort. Crosswalk receives state and federal grant money from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help low income families in Jefferson, Franklin and Williamson counties.
According to Kim Rutherford of Crosswalk, the funds are available until May or when funding runs out.
The first step in receiving energy assistance for Jefferson County residents is to visit the outreach site at the Illinois Department of Human Services, 333 Potomac Blvd., Suite F, in the Rend Lake MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon and make an appointment so an application can be made at a later date. Residents are asked not to call the outreach office site, but to call Crosswalk at 937-3581 for information or to set up an appointment by phone.
Eligibility for the assistance is based on the gross income of the household for 30 days prior to the date the application is made. The guidelines are $1,436 for a one person household; $1,939 for a two person household; $2441 for a three person household; and $2,944 for a four person household. To apply, you must be the customer of record at the utility company.
Re-connection funds are available to help those who are disconnected from their utility or who is at or below 25 percent on a delivered fuel and cannot get a delivery on their own