October 2, 2019

Seniors and People with Disabilities

Can Apply for Energy Assistance Starting October 1

Quincy, IL – Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials has funds available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the upcoming winter season. LIHEAP is designed to help eligible households with their winter heating bills. Appointments will be made beginning October 1.  The month of October has been set aside for applicants with an elderly (age 60 or older) and /or a disabled household member.

November is set aside for applicants with an elderly (age 60or older), a disabled household members, disconnect households and families with children age 5 or under.  The program is available to all other income eligible households as of December 1.  Eligible households will receive a one-time benefit that will be sent to the fuel supplier on their behalf.

The Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) is available to LIHEAP eligible households who are customers of Ameren and Nicor.  Under PIPP, eligible households pay a percentage of their income; receive a monthly benefit towards their utility bill and, arrearage reduction for every on-time payment they make, if applicable. PIPP applications will be taken starting October 1 and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Each month until available funding per county per utility and priority enrollment group is met. PIP applications are taken from October 1-December 31, or until funding is exhausted.  

All households that meet the following income guidelines are encouraged to apply: Guidelines are based on the past 30 day gross household income and are as follows:

  1. $1,561             6- $4,324        
  2. $2,114             7- $4,876
  3. $2,666             8- $5,429
  4. $3,219             9- $5,981        
  5. $3,771           10- $6,534

When applying a person will need to bring with them the following information:

  • Social Security Cards for all household members
  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30 day period beginning with the date of  appointment date
  • A copy of the current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days
  • Proof that the household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services

To make an appointment, please call one of the following phone numbers:

  • Adams County            224-8171
  • Brown County            773-3141        
  • Pike County                285-5424
  • Schuyler County         322-6916        

Energy Assistance applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis until May 31st 2020 or funding is exhausted.

Questions may be directed to Becky Pruden, Community Services Director at 217-221-6204

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