Low-Income Heating Assistance To Be Cut By Up To 60 Percent

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Low-income families reliant on state and federal assistance to pay energy bills were out of luck this summer, and they could be out of luck in the coming winter as well.

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity spokeswoman Marcelyn Love says funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, could be slashed by up to 60 percent this season. That news comes after there wasn’t any money for cooling assistance this summer.

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“While we would have liked to have offered services both in the summer and in the winter, our priority is the winter program,” she said. “We have maintained as much funding as possible to help protect people this winter.”

Senior citizens and those with disabilities can begin applying for assistance this comning Thursday. Low-income families with children can begin applying Oct. 1, and everyone else can begin applying Nov. 1.

Love says people should apply as soon as possible.

“Winters in Illinois can be brutal, and while we may not be thinking about that right now, it does come around very quickly, and we want to do everything possible to keep people warm and safe this winter,” she said.

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  • KE

    This program is a bunch of Bulls&^t!!

    IFor many of these people they have been cheating the system for THE LONGEST TIME.

    One stipulation for this program should AUTOMATICALLY be the installation of electeronic thermostats to control heating and air consitioning. I AM NOT PAYING ANY MORE for people who brag about keeping their thermosts on 88 in the winter and 65 in the summer.!!! In winter PUT ON A SWEATER or SOME LONG JOHNS like the rest of us.. and in summer, USE A FAN and dress in light clothing!\

    • Sue

      @KE, If you pay taxes you’ll pay.this program should be for the elerly and disabled ONLY!!! i don’t mind paying for them.but like you said everyone else,sweaters and long johns.

  • Just Axin

    Maybe these obese low income folks can finally lose weight. Naw, probably not.

  • righttrack

    Many of these people feel a sense of entitlement – like we all owe them and we have to pay their bills because they are too fat or lazy to get jobs and pay their own expenses. These programs should be used only for the elderly and the truly disabled.

  • ducky

    the tea party has got their hand in the pie.

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