LIHEAP accepting applications for winter heating assistance

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- If you need some help staying warm this winter, you can now apply for winter heating assistance through LIHEAP.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to help low-income households pay for winter energy services in Illinois. LIHEAP says it can help people who are unemployed, struggling with finances or were affected by the recent government shutdown if they meet eligibility requirements.

According to LIHEAP:

-A single-person household can qualify with a monthly gross income of up to $1,518.
-A two-person household up to $2,058
-A family of three up to $2,598
-And a family of four up to $3,138

People who apply for energy assistance through LIHEAP are required to show proof of these documents:

-Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application.
-A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly).
-A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information.
-Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members.
-Proof that their household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

LIHEAP will accept applications through Mat 31, 2019 or until funding is exhausted. For application instructions, click here​.