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Low-income heating assistance available in southern Illinois

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The program helps pay power and gas bills in the winter months. The program helps pay power and gas bills in the winter months.
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PULASKI COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois' southern seven counties are among the poorest in the state. There's also high unemployment.

That's why managers of a program aimed at helping low-income folks pay their bills are perplexed that more people aren't signing up.

The Shawnee Development Council has approximately $2 million to distribute through the Low-Income Heating And Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program helps pay power and gas bills in the winter months.

But so far, not enough people have signed up for the help.

"Propane's high, electricity's high so the money's available," said Quintilla Batiste, LIHEAP Program Manager. "We just want people to come in and apply."

It's easy to apply. All you need is a photo ID, Social Security card, income verification and your most recent power and gas bill.

To find out if you're eligible, contact your local Shawnee Development Council Office.

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