The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation, has announced that there are funds available to assist income-eligible households with their gas, propane, electric bills, and furnace equipment. The program is set to begin on September 1st of 2021. Applicaitons will be taken on a first come first serve basis and will run through May 31st, 2022. There are no priority groups this year. Households in need are encouraged to apply.
Households must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level to receive a benefit. Also, starting on September 1st, AMeren customers will have the option to accept a one-time LIHEAP payment or to enroll in PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan). PIPP consists of a monthly benefit customers receive if they make their monthly payment that is determined at the time of intake. THis program is offered until March 31st of 2022.
The 30-day income guidelines are based on Federal Poverty Guidelines, State Median Income and the number of persons living in the household. Items needed at the time of application include proof of gross income from all household members for the prior 30 days, proof of social security numbers or individual taxpayer identification, a copy of current heat and electric bills, other documents to proof your need, and a copy of rental agreement if renting.
To make an appointment contact the CEFS Christian County Outreach office at 220 West Franklin Street in Taylorville at 217-824-4712. You can also visit www.cefseoc.org/LIHEAP-application.