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Limited funds available for energy assistance


Crosswalk Community Action Agency of West Frankfort announced that the state of Illinois has a very limited amount of funding available for a short Summer Energy Assistance Program.

Crosswalk Community Acton Agency administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Franklin, Jefferson, and Williamson counties.

Appointment for the program will be distributed on Monday, July 15 starting at 7 a.m.

Since the funding is very limited, assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The assistance will include utility payments for electric service only. Applicants must be customers of record at their electric company.

There are no funds available for disconnected households.

The LIHEAP Summer Energy Assistance Program is targeted to at-risk households. That includes:

  • households with one resident 60 years old or older
  • at least one resident drawing disability
  • at least one resident four years old or younger
  • at least one resident with a current physician documented medical condition that can be improved by air conditioning (like asthma, emphysema, coronary disease or immediate terminal illness).

Households must have income equal to or less than 150 percent of the poverty level. Household gross income 30 days prior to the date of application may not exceed:

  • $1,436 for one person
  • $1,939 for two people
  • $2,441 for three people
  • $2,944 for four
  • graduated higher for larger households

Those wanting to make an appointment for the Summer Energy Assistance Program must go to the outreach site in their county.

  • Franklin County - Park Pavilion (behind Aquatic Center), West Frankfort
  • Jefferson County - Ill. Dept. of Human Services, 333 Potomac Blvd. Suite F., Mt. Vernon
  • Williamson County - Ill. Dept. of Employment Security, 8195 Express Drive, Marion

No phone appointments will be accepted.

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