Monday, October 27, 2008

State Offers Help for Low-Income Families Heating Homes

WBBM 780 AM:
The government increased LIHEAP’s previous funding by $118 million, which will be used to help low-income residents heat their homes and some of the money will go to the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP).

Both LIHEAP and IHWAP are energy assistance programs for those with incomes of up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, the release said.

To qualify, a single-person household must have an income of up to $1,300 per month, a two-person household up to $1,750 and a family of four can earn up to $2,650, the release said.

“Working families throughout Illinois are struggling to make ends meet as prices for food, housing and gasoline skyrocket,” Gov. Rod Blagojevich said. “I’m happy to announce that this year we can help more working families, seniors and others to stay safe and healthy as temperatures drop.”

Various “community action agencies” statewide will begin accepting applications for energy assistance Nov. 1, which are approved on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, residents can visit the Keep Warm Illinois website at or call (877) 411-WARM.

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