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Mid Central Community Action Announces LIHEAP Summer Energy Assistance Program

in McLean and Livingston Counties

In response to high electric bills and based on the availability of funds, MCCA has been notified by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity that a LIHEAP Summer Energy Assistance Program will be implemented this summer. 

The program begins on Monday, July 7, 2014 and concludes on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 (or until funds are exhausted). Eligible participants are able to call to schedule appointments beginning July 3, 2014. Eligible households are defined as seniors, persons with disabilities, families with children less than 72 months (6 years) of age as of the date of application, and those with medical conditions that would be aggravated by extreme heat. To qualify, these households must have incomes equal to or less than 150 percent of the poverty level.  For example, a single-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up to $1,459; a family of 4 can earn up to $2,981.  Benefits can be provided only to income-eligible households that can be included in one of the following groups:
  • Households that contain a member with a medical condition that can be ameliorated by air conditioning, such as asthma, emphysema, coronary disease and terminal illnesses.  Required documentation must include a doctor’s certification letter dated within the last 90 days, stating that the medical condition would be aggravated by extreme heat.
  • Households that contain a member who is elderly (age 60 and above).
  • Households that contain children under 72 months (6 years) of age.
  • Households that contain a member receiving social security disability benefits or with a pending determination case at the Social Security Administration.  Required documentation must include a letter of determination from the Social Security Administration or receipt of social security disability benefit statement.
 The focus of the cooling program is electric services.  The program’s benefits are Summer Energy Assistance payments of $150.00 to electric providers. Please note that PIPP customers are ineligible for cooling benefits.  The provision of fans and air conditioners or air conditioner repairs are not part of this year’s cooling program.   If you meet the eligibility requirements, please make an appointment by calling 309-829-0691 in McLean County and 815-844-3201 in Livingston County.      

 

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