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General enrollment for LIHEAP is open to the public

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

Those eligible for financial assistance can take advantage of funds available to offset winter heating costs through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, LIHEAP is a federal block grant that provides resources to states to help low-income families meet energy assistance needs, according to a news release from Nicor. The program allows a one-time annual payment to help offset a consumer’s energy costs.

Under the income guidelines for LIHEAP, a household’s combined monthly income for the 30 days prior to application may not exceed 150 percent of the federally established poverty level. Those amounts for various families are:

• A family of one can have a 30-day income of $1,436 and an annual income of $17,235.

• A family of two can have a 30-day income of $1,939 and an annual income of $23,265.

• A family of three can have a 30-day income of $2,441 and an annual income of $29,295.

• A family of four can have a 30-day income of $2,944 and an annual income of $35,325.

• A family of five can have a 30-day income of $3,446 and an annual income of $41,355.

• A family of six can have a 30-day income of $3,949 and an annual income of $47,385.

• A family of seven can have a 30-day income of $4,451 and an annual income of $53,415.

• A family of eight can have a 30-day income of $4,954 and an annual income of$59,445.

For information about LIHEAP or to locate a local application agency, call 877-411-9276.

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