The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) still has energy assistance funding available for winter utility assistance. Any household that has applied as of October 1, 2018 or after would not be eligible to apply again, unless they are being disconnected from their utility service. LIHEAP provides one-time grants to help income eligible households pay for their winter utility expenses.

C.E.F.S. began taking LIHEAP applications last October for the current program year 2019. To date Shelby County energy benefits totaling $206, 411.00 have been approved for 363 households. The average payment per household was $569. Additionally, in Shelby County 77 households received $42, 634.00 in emergency reconnection assistance. The average reconnection assistance payment was $554. Items needed at the time of application are: the household's proof of all income for the previous 30 days, including the day of application, proof of Social Security numbers for all members of the household and current heating and electric bills.

Thirty-day income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP for the 2019 program by size of household are as follows: 1-$1,518; 2-$2,058; 3-#2,598; 4-$3 138; 5-$3,678. For each additional member add $540.

In order that no one is denied the opportunity to make an application any special accommodations that are needed should be arranged by contacting the local county C.E.F.S. Outreach Office. All our offices will accommodate applicants that require special arrangements for their appointments: these include applicants that are home bound, hearing impaired, or are otherwise disabled.

Appointments for LIHEAP can be made by contacting the C.E.F.S. Shelby County Outreach Office at 515 N. Cedar St., Shelbyville, phone 217-774-4541, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Funding for LIHEAP is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is the local administering agency for Christian, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie, and Shelby Counties.

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