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Energy assistance available as of Oct. 1

Elderly, disabled residents apply first, then others later

PRINCETON — Tri-County Opportunities Council's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be available starting Oct. 1 for the elderly (60-plus) and disabled applicants. The program will be able to help with a one-time benefit toward utility energy bills.

On Nov. 1, disconnected households and families with children age 5 or under can start applying. Other low-income households can begin applying on Dec. 1.

Open enrollment for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) program will be available Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, or until funds are exhausted. PIPP applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis each month until available funding per county, per utility, and priority enrollment group is met.

To receive assistance, a household must be within 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines and provide the following information:

• Proof of Social Security numbers for every member in the household.

• Proof of 30-day income for every household member 18 years of age or older beginning with the date of the application.

• A copy of current and complete gas and electric bill within the past 30 days.

• Proof that the household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or other benefits, such as from Medical Eligibility or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

• Additional information may be requested at the time of application.

• The gross income for the 30 days prior to the application date cannot exceed the following: one-person household, $1,561; two-person household, $2,114; three-person household, $2,666; four-person household, $3,219; five-person household, $3,771; six-person household, $4,324.

Applications can be made at the Princeton office at 1019 N. Main St., at the LaSalle office at 308 N. 30th Road, and at the Rock Falls office at 405 Emmons Ave.

LIHEAP applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis through May 31, 2020, or until funds are exhausted. Call the Tri-County Opportunities Council Energy Department at 1-800-323-5434 or visit online at www.tcochelps.org for more information.

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