BCMW Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Begins

September 26, 2018

BCMW Community Services will begin making appointments for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Monday, October 1, 2018. Only households with persons 60 or over or households with someone who is currently receiving disability are eligible to receive an appointment at this time.

Starting on November 1, 2018, households with children under the age of 6 may make appointments; also households who are currently disconnected or at or below 25% on their propane or fuel oil may set up appointments at this time.

Starting on Monday, December 3, 2018 all other low-income eligible households can begin contacting BCMW for appointments.

Eligibility is determined by providing 30 day proof of household income, 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.

They will also be offering the PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) in 2019. This program allows LIHEAP eligible Ameren customers to pay a percentage of your income and receive a monthly benefit toward your bill year round. PIPP customers may also be eligible for arrearage reduction for every on-time payment made, if applicable. LIHEAP and PIPP will be offered on a first come, first served basis, until funds are exhausted or until December 31, 2018 for PIPP and May 31, 2019 for LIHEAP.

The 30 day income guidelines based on number in household are as follows: 1 – $1,518; 2 – $2,058; 3 – $2,598; 4 – $3,138; 5 – $3,678; 6 – $4,218; 7 – $4,758; 8 – $5,298.

Please contact the office of the county in which you reside to schedule an appointment: Bond County, 664-3309; Clinton County, 526-7123; Marion County, 532-7388, ext. 117 or ext. 133; Washington County, 327-8476.