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.
Low income elderly or disabled residents can call their local Project NOW office to apply for home energy assistance, starting October 1st.
The program will be open to families with children under the age of six, starting November 1st, and the rest of the community in December.
To see if you qualify for low income home energy assistance, view the guidelines here: http://www.projectnow.org/docs/liheap_info.pdf