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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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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. LIHEAP is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

 

The LIHEAP program can also help with:

  • provide once-a-year reconnection assistance payments for applicants whose utility has been disconnected for non-payment

  • LIHEAP also is able to provide emergency furnace repair or replacement for a furnace that doesn’t work

 

Mid Central Community Action will begin taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP on starting Monday, October 1, 2018, and conclude on Wednesday, May 31, 2019, or until funds are exhausted. Applications will be taken by appointment only.

 

October 1st eligibility includes:

  • Households that contain a member who is elderly (age 60 and above).

  • Households that contain a member receiving disability 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 household.

  • LIHEAP furnace applications.

 

December 1st eligibility includes:

  • Open enrollment to all households that meet income guidelines.

 

If you meet the eligibility requirements, there are several ways to make an appointment. 

Online: www.mccaliheap.as.me

Email: liheap.mclean@mccainc.org (McLean County) liheap.livco@mccainc.org (Livingston County) 

Telephone: (309) 829-0691

 

 

 

Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)

 

The PIPP program helps make energy bills (heat and electric) more affordable for individuals and families by providing financial assistance through the year. By enrolling in the PIPP, the household agrees to enter into a monthly budget bill payment plan based on utility usage with the participating utility. The household is required to pay a portion of the budget bill and the program will pay a monthly benefit amount up to a maximum amount. The PIPP program will help reduce bills only if participants make the required full, on-time monthly payments. The utility will reduce the account’s pre-program arrearage, for each on-time monthly payment made by the bill due date, up to a total of $1,000 for the program year.

 

Mid Central Community Action will begin taking applications for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan or PIPP on starting Sunday, October 1, 2017, and conclude on Tuesday, December 31, 2018, or until funds are exhausted. Applications will be taken by appointment only.

 

October 1st eligibility includes:

  • Households that contain a member who is elderly (age 60 and above).

  • Households that contain a member receiving social security disability benefits or veteran’s disability benefits

  • Required documentation must include a letter of determination from the Social Security Administration or receipt of social security disability benefit statement.

 

November 1st eligibility includes:

  • Families with children under the age of 6 years.

  • Households whose utility service(s) is(are) disconnected or under imminent threat of disconnection households

  • LIHEAP furnace applications

 

December 1st eligibility includes:

  • Open enrollment to all households that meet income guidelines

 

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please make an appointment by calling 309-829-0691 for McLean County or 815-844-1169 for Livingston County.