ROCK FALLS – Tri-County Opportunities Council’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program may be able to help with a one-time payment toward your utility bills.
If you have not applied and received assistance since Sept. 1, 2013 from LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) or PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) you can apply now. To receive assistance a household must be within the income guidelines and provide the following information: copies of social security cards for every member in the household, 30 day income for every household member, a current complete gas and electric bill and Medicaid card for any household member that may receive one. Additional information may be requested at the time of application.
LIHEAP applications will be taken through May 30, 2014 or until funds are exhausted.
The gross income for the 30 days prior to the application date cannot exceed the following: 1 person household, $1,436; 2 person household, $1,939; 3 person household, $2,441; 4 person household, $2,944; 5 person household, $3,446; 6 person household, $3,949.
The Com-Ed Hardship Program is also currently available. Previously, a household had to provide proof of a hardship existing in the home to apply. Com-Ed has since adjusted the program with a Winter Outreach that enables all households with a past due balance to apply providing they meet the income guidelines. This change was made due to the high electric bills this winter and will end April 1, 2014.
The gross income for the 30 days prior to the application date cannot exceed the following: 1 person household, $2,327; 2 person household, $3,152; 3 person household, $3,977; 4 person household, $4,802; 5 person household, $5,627; 6 person household, $6,452.
To find the closest office to apply near you, please call 1-800-323-5434 and ask to speak to the energy assistance department.