Seniors, disabled can apply for help with heating bills

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A program offering help with winter heating bills is preparing to enroll seniors and people with disabilities.

Priority enrollment in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program begins Sept. 1 at the 35 local agencies that administer the state-federal program.

The program offers assistance to low-income families by paying benefits directly to utility companies. 

A single person qualifies for help if their monthly income is $1,485 or less. A two-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up to $2,003.

Documentation such as proof of income is required to apply. More information is available on the program’s website.

Families with young children ages 5 and younger can start applying for assistance starting Oct. 1. Others can begin applying Nov. 1.