Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program offers help

From press release

  The City of Rockford’s Human Services Department Energy Division is still offering utility assistance to low-income households in Winnebago and Boone counties through May 31, or until the depletion of funds.

  The primary purpose of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist income-eligible citizens with offsetting the rising cost of home energy through direct financial assistance.

  Required documentation must include proof of all household income for the past 30 days, Social Security cards for every household member, current gas and electric bills, and a current rent receipt if renting.

  Households residing in Winnebago County may contact the Human Services Department’s Energy Division at (815) 987-5711, the Asamblea Apostolica at (815) 316-7842 or Life Center at (815) 964-4966 to schedule an appointment.

  Disabled households may contact state Rep. Chuck Jefferson’s office at (815) 987-7433.

  Senior households may contact Lifescape Community Services at (815) 963-1699 or NIAAA at (815) 226-4901.

  Boone County households may contact the Workforce Connection at (815) 547-9616.

  Rockton, Roscoe and South Beloit households may contact the Rockton Township office at (815) 624-7788.

  “We want to do everything we can to make sure families know of the energy assistance that is available,” said Mark Bixby, energy director for the City of Rockford’s Human Services Department. “Our energy office achieved great success in operating the program last year, and we anticipate another successful program this year.

 From the Mar. 3-9, 2010 issue

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