CEFS Energy Assistance Funds Are Still Available

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The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) still has energy assistance funding available for winter utility assistance.

Any household that has applied as of last July 27, 2020 or after would not be eligible to apply again unless they are being disconnected from their utility service. LIHEAP provides one-time grants to help income-eligible households pay for their winter expenses.

CEFS began taking LIHEAP applications on July 27 for the current program year 2021. To date, in Montgomery County, energy benefits totaling $334,658 have been approved for 596 households. The average payment per household was $562. Additionally, in Montgomery County, 88 households received $58,692 in emergency reconnection assistance. The average reconnection assistance payment was $667.

Items needed at the time of application are the household’s proof of all income for the previous 30 days, including the day of application, proof of Social Security numbers for all members of the household, and current heating and electric bills.

Thirty-day income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP for the 2021 program by size of household are as follows: one–$2,127, two–$2,873, three–$3,620, four–$4,367, and five–$5,113. For each additional member add $747.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, intake is conducted by phone, internet and very limited in-person contact. The application process can be started with the online LIHEAP pre-application at www.cefseoc.org/LIHEAP-application.

Phone appointments for LIHEAP may be made by calling the CEFS Montgomery County Outreach office, located at 8353 IL Rt. 127 in Taylor Springs, at 217-532-5971, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Funding for LIHEAP is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

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