---- — MT. VERNON — The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to help with winter heating bills will open on Sept. 3.
Administered by Crosswalk Community Action Agency for Franklin, Jefferson and Williamson counties, the program provides financial assistance to eligible households to pay a portion of winter heating bills.
Eligibility is based on gross income for the 30 days prior to the date of application and is $1,436 for a one person household; $1,939 for a two person household; $2,441 for a three person household; and $2,944 for a four person household.
The first two months of the program — September and October — are set aside as a priority period for the income eligible elderly age 60 and older and disabled who draw disability income.
The first step to receiving assistance is to visit the outreach site, which is the Illinois Department of Human Resources, 333 Potomac Blvd., Suite F, Mt. Vernon. At the outreach site, appointments will be made so an application can be made at a later date. Appointments will be distributed starting Sept. 3 at 7:30 a.m. It is recommended that only one person per household should go to make the appointment.
On Nov. 1, all other households meeting the income guidelines will be eligible to participate in the LIHEAP program on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, any eligible household that is disconnected from their utility or who is at or below 25 percent on delivered fuel and can’t get a delivery on their own may qualify for reconnection assistance. Emergency reconnection applications start Oct. 1.
Information is available by calling the Crosswalk main office at 937-3581 and speaking to someone in the LIHEAP department.