lightbulbSenator Bertino-Tarran is pleased to announce that the Will County Center for Community Concerns has begun registration for energy assistance to income-eligible households as a part of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Applications are currently accepted for households that contain a senior receiving Social Security benefits. Today, funding assistance is also available to those whose heating systems have already been disconnected by their utility company and households with children under the age of five.

All other income-eligible households will become eligible on November 1st.  Applications will be accepted through May 31st, 2014 or until all funding has been exhausted.

“We want to help families during our winter months.” Senator Bertino-Tarrant said. “I am glad LIHEAP is able to provide the funding.”

LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of the payment is determined by income and household size. An overdue bill or shut-off notice is not required.

The LIHEAP program also includes an Emergency Furnace Component that will repair or replace non-operational heating systems for income-eligible homeowner-occupied residents. This program is offered starting in October for income eligible households, seniors and persons with disabilities.  The service will be made available for all other interested parties in November.

For questions on the LIHEAP program or to determine eligibility, please visit

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