LIHEAP Sign-Up Began Wednesday

(Springfield, IL) — Wednesday was the first day that low-income individuals can sign up for help with winter utility bills, but the state budget stalemate means fewer people will be getting assistance. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP can provide funds for households with incomes of up to 150-percent of the poverty level. The program is normally funded through federal and state sources, but no state money is available because of the budget impasse, so the funds are expected to run out more quickly than normal.