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Summer energy assistance program announced

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 12:58 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 1:01 p.m. CST

The Tri-County Opportunities Council (TCOC) 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 households which have a member 60 years of age or older, a disabled member, a child 5 years old and under, or households which have a medical need for summer assistance.

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

The program runs from July 7 through July 23, or until funds are depleted. 

The gross income for a household for 30 days prior to the date of application cannot exceed the following: A one-person household, $1,459; a two-person household, $1,966; a three-person household, $2,474. A four-person household’s income cannot exceed $2,981; a five-person household, $3,489 and a six-person household, $3,996. To find the nearest location to apply, persons may call Tammy Saenz/LIHEAP director at 800-323-5434, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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