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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Johnna Kelly 630-407-6022

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DuPage County Offers Home Heating Assistance

DuPage County Community Services is offering the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) now until funds are depleted. As cold temperatures are just around the corner, families are encouraged to take advantage of the program.

LIHEAP is a state and federally-funded energy assistance program for income qualified families. Benefits are paid directly to utilities on behalf of eligible households.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1, DuPage County Department of Community Services will accept winter heating applications, by appointment only, from seniors, people with disabilities and households whose utilities (Nicor/ComEd) have been disconnected. Households not eligible for the above criteria may apply beginning Monday, Nov. 3.

A single-person household can qualify for the program with a monthly gross income of up to $1,459; a two-person household up to $1,966; and a family of four can earn up to $2,981.

Clients must bring the following required documentation when applying for assistance:

• Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application;
• Current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly);
• Rental agreement (if applicable) showing the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information;
• Social Security cards for all household members; and
• Proof that household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

For more information, DuPage County residents may call (630) 407-6500, 1-800-942-9412 (toll-free) or visit www.dupageco.org.

For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program, go to liheapillinois.com or call the toll-free hotline at 1-877-411-WARM.