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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