Project Now

"A Golden Celebration of People" -- that's the name of the 50th anniversary party for Project Now, the community action agency in the Illinois Quad Cities. Tomorrow afternoon, the agency will host elected officials and residents to at Schwiebert Park in Rock Island.

A long fight against poverty in the Quad Cities is being celebrated this week. Tuesday is the 50th birthday of Project NOW which provides services in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties.

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Project NOW

As the temperature goes down, energy bills go up. But, Project NOW is helping make higher gas and electric bills less costly for low income residents.

Starting on Thursday, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will be available to elderly and disabled residents in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties. 

Community Services Coordinator, Jennifer Howard, says last year, 8,000 households received between $200 and $600 for energy assistance. But without a state budget in Illinois yet, those numbers could go down this year.

She says funding for the program comes from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. And, federal funds should cover the initial costs.