The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission has funds available for income-eligible households to receive help paying their energy bills. The Low-Income Household Energy Assistance Program is for households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, and can be used for natural gas, propane and/or electric bills, and furnace assistance for inoperable heating systems.
Applications for seniors, people who are disabled, and families with children under the age of six-years-old will open on October 2nd. Households that are disconnected from their utilities, have a disconnection notice, or have less than 25% in their propane tank can apply beginning November 1st. All other households that meet the eligibility requirement can apply on December 1st. Applications will remain open on a first-come first-serve basis through August 15th, 2024.
People in the first group will be available to make appointments beginning September 18th, and must do that at the RPC office at Brookens Administrative Center, at 1009 Round Barn Road, at the Rantoul Business center, or by calling 217-384-1226. Those in subsequent groups can make appointments beginning November 1st.
Check the RPC website for more details about eligibility and what will be required for appointments.