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Summer energy assistance available

ROCK FALLS — Tri-County Opportunities Council is operating the Summer Energy Assistance Program under the direction of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The Summer Energy Assistance program provides a one-time payment of $150 directly to the electric vendor on behalf of the household.

The program is designed to assist those households who are at risk during the hot summer months.

According to the state of Illinois, those households are those that have a member 60 years of age or older, disabled, a child under 5 years old or households that have a medical need for summer assistance.

To receive assistance, a household must prove it meets the income guidelines, have proof the energy bills are in the applicant’s name, provide photocopies of all household members’ Social Security cards and medical cards.

The program runs from July 15 through July 26 or until funds are depleted.

The gross income for a household for 30 days prior to the date of application cannot exceed the following: One person household, $1,436; two person household, $1,939; three person household, $2,441; four person household, $2,944; five person household, $3,446; and six person household, $3,949.

To find the nearest location to apply, call Tammy Saenz/LIHEAP director at 800-323-5434 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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