ROCKFORD (WREX) – The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program is now taking applications and appointments from elderly Illinois residents and customers with disabilities.
The program provides relief for energy bills to qualifying households during the coldest months of the year. To qualify for the assistance depends on household income and size, and income must be at or below a certain level 30 days prior to application.
Starting October 1, income-eligible households with a resident over 60, and those receiving social security disability, can apply for the program. On the first of November, households at or below the certain income level with a child under the age of six, and disconnected households, can apply for the program. Starting in December, all eligible customers can apply.
Winnebago and Boone County residents who want to apply for the program can make an appointment with Community Action, and Boone County residents can contact United Way of Boone County. Rockford residents can apply with the Central Terrace Co-Op. The Rockton Township will assist Rockton, Roscoe, Durand and South Beloit residents, while NIAAA will assist disabled and senior citizens, and veterans. A full program site list is available on the application.
The Percentage of Income Payment Plan will also be available to all eligible clients while funding is still available. The percentage program is a monthly budget plan where on-time payments can help forgive a portion of past due balances.
The monetary assistance is federally funded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and it is distributed locally by the City of Rockford Human Services Department.