The social service agency BCMW is now making appointments for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program over the phone as they are not seeing people in-person at this time due to COVID-19. There will be no priority groups under the new program year. Households in need of energy assistance, especially those with disconnection notices, high past due balances, and the general population that has been most likely affected by wage fluctuations due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply. In addition, propane customers are strongly encouraged to apply in August when prices are at its lowest.
Eligibility is determined by providing 30-day proof of household income, from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of application, a current heat and electric utility bill in an adult household member’s name, and proof of social security numbers for all household members. If utilities are included in rent, you may still qualify for assistance.
BCMW will also be offering PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) during the 2021 Program Year. This program allows LIHEAP eligible Ameren customers to pay a percentage of their income and receive a monthly benefit toward their bill year-round. PIPP customers may also be eligible for arrearage reduction for every on-time payment made, if applicable. LIHEAP will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will continue until June 30, 2021. PIPP applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis each month until available funding per county and per utility is met. PIPP applications will be taken from July 27 – March 31, 2021, or until funding is exhausted.
The 30-day income guidelines for LIHEAP are now based on the 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and on the number in the household are as follows:
1 – $2127
2 – $2873
3 – $3620
4 – $4367
5 – $5113
6 – $5860
7 – $6607
8 – $7353
The 30-day income guidelines for PIPP are based on 150% of the Federal Poverty Level and the number of persons living in the household. The guidelines are as follows:
1 – $1595
2 – $2155
3 – $2715
4 – $3275
(add $560 for each additional household member)
Please contact the office of the county in which you reside to schedule an appointment.
Bond County – 618-664-3309
Clinton County – 618-526-7123
Marion County – 618-532-7388 (ext. 117 or 133)
Washington County – 618-327-8476