LIHEAP offers help with heating costs for low income residents


Enrollment begins Oct. 1 for elderly and people with disabilities

Tri-County Opportunities Council’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help with a one-time payment toward your utility bills. Enrollment for the elderly (60 and over) and people with disabilities begins on Oct. 1.

To receive assistance, a household must meet income guidelines and provide the following documentation: copies of Social Security cards for all household members, 30-day income for every member age 18 and over, a current complete gas and electric bill and Medicaid card for any household member that receives one. Additional information may be requested at the time of application.

Applications are taken in October for the elderly and disabled; November for the elderly, disabled, disconnected households and households that have children under the age of 6; December is open to the public.

In this area, applications will be taken at:

Mendota – LaSalle County Housing, 100 S. 9th Ave.; Mondays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

LaSalle – TCOC, 308 N. 30th Road; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; phone (815) 233-2333.

Princeton – TCOC, 1019 North Main; Monday and Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; phone (815) 879-6035.

Applications will be taken through May 31, 2018 or until funding is exhausted.

The gross income for the 30 days prior to the application date cannot exceed the following: single-person household, $1,508; two-person household, $2,030; three-person household, $2,553; four-person household, $3,075; five-person household, $3,598; six-person household, $4,120.

The Tri-County Opportunities Council serves nine counties including Bureau, LaSalle and Lee. Contact their energy department at (800) 323-5434 or visit www.tcochelps.org for additional information.

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