DECATUR, Ill. – State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is encouraging residents to take advantage of state home heating assistance ahead of cold winter months by applying to the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
“A lack of financial means should never force a family to go without heat, electricity or other basic necessities,” said Scherer. “Rising costs have really put a strain on people, especially the elderly and families with very young children, so it’s critical that people know what resources are available.”
On Oct. 2, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity opened enrollment for the season. This date is set aside for seniors, people living with disabilities and families with children under 6 years old. Residents facing disconnections or a pending disconnection may apply on Nov. 1. All others may apply on Dec. 1. For more information about applying, please visit DCEO’s website www.dceo.illinois.gov and click on the tab that says energy assistance.
“Far too many people suffer and struggle silently without knowing that help is available,” said Scherer. “I encouraging anyone who is struggling to apply. As always, my office is available and ready to offer assistance and answer questions.”