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Government

DuPage County accepts applications for energy assistance program

DuPage County Community Services is now accepting applications for the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Winter heating applications are being taken for seniors, people with disabilities, households disconnected from utility service and households with children 5 and younger, according to a county news release.

All other eligible households can begin applying Dec. 3. Benefits are paid directly to the utility companies on behalf of eligible households, the release stated.

Households with a combined gross income for the 30 days beginning with the date of the application that is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level may be eligible to receive assistance, according to the release.

A single-person household can qualify for the program with a monthly gross income of as much as $1,518, a two-person household of as much as $2,058 and a family of four of as much as $3,138, the release stated.

Customers must bring the following required documentation when applying for assistance:

• Social Security cards for all household members

• Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30 days prior to the date of application

• Heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days if they pay for the energy directly; renters must provide their lease.

For information, call 630-407-6500 or 800-942-9412 or visit dupageco.org.

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