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LIHEAP – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

cfl-bulb-212x300 The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides a one-time per year payment for heat (primary utility) and electric (secondary utility) to eligible applicants. Additionally, the LIHEAP program is able to provide once a year reconnection assistance payments for applicants whose utility has been disconnected for non-payment or applicants who are being denied service because of an old bill. LIHEAP also is able to provide emergency furnace repair or replacement for eligible applicants whose furnace does not work or is red tagged by the utility company.  

Mid Central Community Action announces Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in McLean and Livingston Counties.

Mid Central Community Action will begin taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP on starting Monday, October 2, 2017, and conclude on Wednesday, May 31, 2018, or until funds are exhausted. Applications will be taken by appointment only.

Households must meet requirements in one of the following priority periods in order to be eligible to apply in that time frame. 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 $1,508, a family of 4 can earn up to $3,075.

October 1st eligibility includes:
    • Households that contain a member who is elderly (age 60 and above).
    • Households that contain a member receiving sdisability benefits.
November 1st eligibility includes:
    • Families with children UNDER the age of 6 years.
    • Households whose utility service(s) is(are) disconnected and/or under imminent threat of disconnection households
    • LIHEAP furnace applications.
December 1st eligibility includes:
    • Open enrollment to all households that meet income guidelines.

The focus of the program is gas heat and electric services. Payment amounts are based on household size and 30-day income. If you meet the eligibility requirements, please make an appointment by calling 309-829-0691 in McLean County and 815-844-1169 in Livingston County on or after October 2, 2017. Individuals seeking appointments can also send an email starting on October 2nd to if they reside in McLean County and if they reside in Livingston County. Responses to emails and appointment requests will not begin until Monday, October 2nd. The MCCA Pontiac Office is currently open Monday-Thursday, 8:00am to 1:00pm. Hours in Pontiac will be extended starting October 2nd, to 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday-Thursday with an hour closure from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Walk-in appointments will also be made available in the McLean and Livingston offices as well.