LIHEAP heating program will be available beginning July 27


MENDOTA - Tri-County Opportunities Council’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help with a one-time payment toward utility bills.

LIHEAP will be available to all households and there will be no priority periods. Households in need of energy assistance, especially those with disconnection notices, high past due balances and the general population that has been most likely affected by wage fluctuations due to COVID-19, are encouraged to apply. In addition, propane customers are strongly encouraged to apply in August when fuel prices are at their lowest.

Open enrollment for the PIPP program has also began. Applications will be taken on a first-come, first- serve basis until March 31, 2021 or until funds are exhausted.

To receive assistance a household must be within the income guidelines and provide the following information: copies of social security cards for every member in the household, 30-day income for every household member 18 years of age or older, a current complete gas and electric bill and Medicaid card for any household member that may receive one. Additional information may be requested at the time of application.

Walk-in applications will not be taken. Applications will be taken “in-person” by appointment only at all satellite offices or remotely through various means such as mail, fax, e-mail, etc. The Rock Falls office is accepting appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact the Rock Falls office at (815) 625-7830 or 1-800-323-5434 to make an appointment or visit www.tcochelps.org for locations and dates/times for LIHEAP applications at the agency’s satellite offices.

LIHEAP applications will be taken through June 30, 2021 or until funds are exhausted. The gross income eligibility has increased to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. For the 30 days prior to the application date, income cannot exceed the following:1-person household, $2,127; 2-person household, $2,873; 3-person household, $3,620; 4-person household, $4,367; 5-person household, $5,113; 6-person household, $5,860.

Contact Tri-County Opportunities Council Energy Department at 1-800-323-5434 for additional information.

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