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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Johnna Kelly 630-407-6022

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DuPage County Offers Summer Financial Assistance for Low-income Households

DuPage County Community Services is offering annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Energy Assistance Program between July 7 and 23,or until funds are depleted. As rising temperatures are underway, families are encouraged to take advantage of the program and stay cool this summer.

LIHEAP provides funding to help pay for air conditioning for households that otherwise may not be able to afford it. This service is DuPage County’s initiative to offset the rising cost of home energy through direct financial assistance, energy counseling, outreach and education. When the application is accepted, the County will transfer a monetary amount of $150 to qualifying households’ electric providers.

This program is targeted to at-risk households, defined as seniors, persons with disabilities, families’ with children less than 6 years of age as of the date of application, and those with medical conditions that would be aggravated by extreme heat.

To be eligible for the LIHEAP Summer Energy Assistance Program, applicants must:
• Be a customer of record with a utility company;
• Submit complete documentation of gross income, utility bills, lease and Social Security cards for all family members; and
• Earn a gross monthly income of less than 150 percent of the poverty line. For example, a single- person household must not exceed $1,459 in income per month and a family of four should not exceed $2,981.

To apply for the LIHEAP Summer Energy Assistance Program, call DuPage County Energy Assistance at (630) 407-6500, (800) 942-9412 or email liheap@dupageco.org or a local township office.