August 30, 2022

Quincy – The Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials, as administrator of the Home Energy
Assistance Program in Adams, Brown, Pike, and Schuyler counties, is pleased to announce that funds are
available to assist income-eligible households with their natural gas, propane and electric bills and furnace assistance.
The program will begin September 1, 2022, for all income-eligible households. Applications will be taken
on a first-come, first-served basis through May 31, 2023. There will be no priority groups this program year.
Households in need are encouraged to apply.
Households must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level to receive a benefit from the LIHEAP
Program. The 30-day income guidelines for LIHEAP are based on Federal Poverty Guidelines, State Median Income and the number of persons living in the household.

The income guidelines are as follows: 1-$2,265

2-$3,052

3-$3,838

4-$4,625

5-$5,412

6-$6,198

7-$6,985

8-$7,324

*Program Year 2023 Income Guidelines are based on Federal Poverty Guidelines and State Median Income. The state reserves the right to adjust these levels based on the availability of federal appropriations.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides one-time benefits to income
eligible homeowners and renters to help with energy bills and for reconnection of energy service. Propane customers are encouraged to apply when the program opens in September to take greater advantage of lower propane prices. Propane prices typically increase during the winter months so by applying early propane customers will see their LIHEAP benefit go further.
Applications will be taken at all TRRC offices in each county and additional Senior Sites
To submit an application, you MUST submit ALL documentation required:

  1. Proof of gross income from all household members for the prior 30-day period beginning with the
    date of application.
  2. Proof of Social Security numbers or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for all
    household members. Individuals without an SSN or ITIN can still apply, and Two Rivers will
    advise accordingly.
  3. A copy of current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days.
  4. A copy of rental agreement (if renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental
    amount and landlord contact.
  5. Other documents may be needed based on your household situation. If you have questions
    regarding this, please call our office.

Water and sewer cost assistance is available this year in the Low Income Household Water Assistance
Program (LIHWAP). You can apply for water and sewer assistance on the same application as LIHEAP. Bring your water bill(s) with you to your LIHEAP appointment. Help with arrearages is available as well as rate reduction assistance of $100-$400, depending upon your income level. Prior year recipients are eligible to re-apply.
Please call Two Rivers at 217-224-8171 in Adams, 217-773-3141 in Brown, 217-285-5424 in Pike and
217-322-6916 in Schuyler County for outreach locations and schedules, and for information on what documents are needed to apply and different ways to submit your application.

More News

Ribbon Cut on Pittsfield Office

Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials has community partners to thank. Without their help and dedication, TRRC could not have completed this project and continue to serve our mission.

Please take the Community Needs Survey

WHAT are your needs? HOW are they being addressed? Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials needs your help in addressing the needs of our shared community. Information is vitally…

2024 Francis L. Snyder Memorial Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

It is time for applications for the 2024 Francis L. Snyder Memorial Scholarship and we would appreciate your help in spreading the word to potential students in the area.