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Some aid still available in area for heat, electricity for low-income households

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BLOOMINGTON — Money remains available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for McLean and Livingston counties.

LIHEAP makes a one-time payment for heat and light bills for qualifying low-income households. It also can offer up to $1,000 in reconnection fees when utilities have been disconnected. The program is administered locally by Mid-Central Community Action.

The amount available for the one-time payment depends on the number of people in a household and the household income but can be between $300 and $400 for gas bills and between $100 and $150 for electric bills.

Those qualifying must meet 150 percent of poverty guidelines. For a family of one, that’s no more than $1,354 a month; for a family of four, it’s $2,756 a month.

McLean County residents can apply at Mid Central Community Action, 1301 W. Washington St., on Thursdays or make an appointment by calling 309-829-0691. Livingston County residents may call 815-844-3201 to make an appointment at the Pontiac office.

Applicants are required to bring proof of their last 30 days of income, their Social Security card, heat and light bills, and paperwork on any other assistance they might receive, such as Social Security or Supplemental Security Income.

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