LIHEAP Program Opens Next Week

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Published on August 29 2012 10:13 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation will begin taking applications for the 2013 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Tuesday, September 4.  This is also the first day that appointments can be made for the program.

September and October are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled.  Appointments can be made by contacting the local CEFS County Outreach offices.

Households that have children under the age of five may make appointments beginning on October 1.  Proof of age will be required.  Additionally, households who are disconnected from their utilities will also be allowed to make application for the program during October.

Assistance will become available to all other income-eligible households beginning November 1.  Additionally, households that are within seven days of being disconnected or have less than 25% in their propane tank and are unable to secure a delivery on credit may also apply during November.

LIHEAP provides one-time grants to income eligible homeowners and renters to help with winter energy bills and for reconnection of energy service.

Items needed at the time of application are: proof of all household income for 30 days immediately preceding the day of application, Social Security cards for all members of the household, and current heating and electric bills.  TANF households must also present their most recent medical card.

Appointments for LIHEAP can be made by contacting the CEFS Effingham County Outreach office at 202 North Banker Street in Effingham or phone 217-347-7514 weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm.