Low-income individuals in Illinois can now sign up for help with winter utility bills, but the state budget stalemate means fewer people will be getting assistance. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP can provide funds for households with incomes of up to 150% of the poverty level. The program is normally funded through federal and state sources, but no state money is available because of the budget impasse, so the funds are expected to run out more quickly than normal.
In November the program was only available for households that have either a member aged 60 and above or under the age of six, or who is disabled. Now the program is available to remaining income-eligible households.
C.E.F.S. is the local administering agency of LIHEAP funds for Christian, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie and Shelby counties. For more information or to sign up contact CEFS.