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Low Income Families May Qualify For Heating Assistance

Low income families that need help with home heating expenses can apply for the LIHEAP program starting tomorrow.  Marcelyn Love with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity explains which homes are eligible.

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LIHEAP clients will have the option of choosing between the traditional Direct Vendor Payment plan or the new Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP). The PIPP is available to clients who are customers of Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas and Peoples Gas. Under PIPP, the eligible client will pay a percentage of their income, receive a monthly benefit towards their utility bill, and receive a reduction in overdue payments for every on-time payment they make.  The traditional DVP plan is a one-time payment.  For more details go to LIHEAPIllinois.com. 

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