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July 2, 2014

Energy assistance available

MT. VERNON —A limited amount of funding is available for energy assistance to at-risk, low income households.

The state is releasing “very limited” funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for what is being termed a “short/quick summer energy assistance program,” according to Crosswalk Community Action Agency, which administers the program for Franklin, Jefferson and Williamson counties.

Assistance will include utility payments for electric service only and those asking for the help must be the customer of record at the electric company.

“There are no funds available for disconnected households,” information states. “The LIHEAP Summer Assistance Program is targeted to at-risk households defined as households with at least one resident age 60 or older, or at least one resident drawing disability income, or at least one resident five years of age or younger, or at least one resident with a current physician documented medical condition that can be improved by air conditioning, such as asthma, emphysema, ,coronary disease or immediate terminal illness.”

In addition, at-risk households must have income equal to or less than 150 percent of the poverty level. Household gross income for 30 days prior to the date of application may not exceed $1,459 for one person; $1,966 for two people; $2,474 for three people; and $2,981 for four and are graduated higher for larger households.

Appointments for the program will be distributed Monday, July 7, starting at 7 a.m. Since the availability of funding is limited, assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To make an appointment for the program, applicants in Jefferson County must go to the Illinois Department of Human Services office at 333 Potomac Blvd., Suite F, in Mt. Vernon. No phone appointments will be allowed.

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