Mt. Vernon Register-News

July 12, 2013

LIHEAP offering limited assistance

Staff Report
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — A very limited amount of funding is available for summer energy assistance.

According to Crosswalk Community Action Agency, which administers the Low Income Energy Assistance Program for the area, the state is releasing a "very limited" amount of funding for the short/quick Summer Energy Assistance Program.

Appointments will be distributed on July 15 starting at 7 a.m. and be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Assistance will include utility payments for electric service only and the person getting the appointment must be the customer of record with the electric supplier. There are no funds available for disconnected households.

"The LIHEAP Summer Energy 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 four 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," information from Crosswalk states.

To qualify, at-risk households must have an income equal to or less than 150 percent of the poverty level. Gross income for the 30 days prior to the date of application may not exceed $1,436 for a household on one; $1,939 for a two-person household; $2,441 for a three-person household; and $2,944 for a four-person household and is graduated higher for larger households.

To make an appointment for the Summer Energy Assistance Program, Jefferson County residents must go to the Illinois Department of Human Service, 333 Potomac Blvd., Suite F, Mt. Vernon. No phone appointments will be accepted.