Residents of Morgan, Scott, and Cass counties, in Illinois, facing challenges with their utility bills, can look forward to much-needed financial assistance. MCS Community Services, the organization overseeing the energy assistance program, has announced crucial application deadlines for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which aims to provide relief to those in need during the upcoming winter season.
LIHEAP, a program jointly funded by the state and federal government, offers support for winter heating expenses, covering natural gas, propane, electric heating bills, and assistance for malfunctioning heating systems. This initiative is a beacon of hope for individuals and families grappling with energy-related financial burdens.
How to apply for heating LIHEAP in Morgan, Scott and Cass counties
First, let’s understand the timetable for the heating LIHEAP to open this season. The application process kicks off for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and families with children under the age of 6 on October 6. This early start ensures that those who may be particularly vulnerable have access to timely assistance first than other households that, actually, can wait a little bit.
From November 2, households that face disconnection from their utilities, have received disconnection notices, or possess less than 25% of propane in their tanks can submit their applications. This helps families preventing utility shut-offs during the harsh winter months.
Finally, on December 1, all other eligible households can begin applying for assistance. To qualify for these benefits, households must have an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, ensuring that aid reaches those who need it most.
LIHEAP application in these Illinois counties
Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with the application window open until August 15, 2024, or until the available funding is fully allocated. This means that the assistance will be available as long as there are funds available from the LIHEAP program in the state of Illinois.
Furthermore, for those who receive a one-time benefit, there’s an opportunity to return during the application period to access reconnection assistance. Homeowners facing heating system issues, such as malfunctioning systems or those identified as hazardous with a red tag, can also seek furnace assistance through this program.
If you reside in Morgan County, visit its official website here. If you live in Cass County, the official website for the local LIHEAP program is here. Finally, if your residence is at Scott County, visit this site.