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October 31, 2013

Crosswalk offers utility bill assistance

WEST FRANKFORT — Appointments for income-eligible residents of Jefferson County who need help with winter heating bills begin Friday through Crosswalk Community Action Agency.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has announced Crosswalk, headquartered in West Frankfort, will be administering the funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for Jefferson, Franklin and Williamson counties. The program, which provides financial assistance to eligible households to help pay a portion of their winter heating bills, began in September.

The first step in receiving energy assistance is to visit a local outreach site and make an appointment so an application can be made at a later date.

Appointments can be made in Jefferson County at the Illinois Department of Human Services office at 333 Potomac Boulevard, Mt. Vernon.

Eligibility is based on gross income for the 30 days prior to the date of application. Income guidelines are: $1,436 for one person household, $1,939 for two person households, $2,441 for three person households and $2,944 for four person households. Also, you must be the Customer of Record at your utility company.

If it is not possible to be at the outreach site on Friday, there will still be appointments available and those eligible can still go to the location in their county and receive an appointment. It is recommended that only one person per household should come to make an appointment. Appointments are being scheduled 30 to 60 days out. Crosswalk officials since there are a number of households needing assistance this year, clients may be given appointments after the first part of January 2014.

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