The Madison County Community Development Energy Assistance Office is encouraging residents in need of assistance with their energy bills to complete an application for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as soon as possible.
“Even though we have so far had a mild winter, some residents could use help with their heating bills. LIHEAP is designed to help those in need, especially those households with young children or senior citizens who are especially impacted by the cold,” stated Madison County Chairman Alan Dunstan. “Because funds are currently available, Madison County residents in need should take advantage of this assistance program at their earliest convenience.”
The Madison County LIHEAP staff is available to assist residents with the completion of the application for energy assistance process. Residents interested in applying should contact the nearest Outreach Site in their area for an appointment.
In Highland, the site is the Highland Area Christian Ministry (phone 654-9295). Olive Township (Livingston, phone 637-2630) and Jarvis Township (Troy, phone 667-2560) also serve as sites.
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Residents applying for home energy assistance must provide proof of income from all household members (over age 18) for the past 30 days, proof of the most recent energy bill, and proof of social security numbers for all household members. Applications for home energy assistance are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Madison County residents with questions regarding the LIHEAP Program may contact the Madison County Community Development Energy Assistance office at 618/296-6485.
LIHEAP Household income guidelines
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has guidelines for size of household gross income for 30 days prior to application. The guidelines are as follows for number of household members and income:
*For each additional resident in the home add $520.