Summer Energy Assistance



Some area residents can get help with electric bills starting Monday.

Crosswalk Community Action Agency will distribute the federal funds to help with electric utility payments in Franklin, Williamson and Jefferson counties.
 
Coordinator Kim Rutherford says the help will go quickly.
 
“We have 10 days to take 978 applications in our three-county area. It’s a very short, quick, limited program, and it’s for at-risk households only," she said.
 
At-risk means having a senior citizen (60 years or older) or very young child (4 years or younger) in the home, be currently drawing disability, or have a medical condition that requires air conditioning.
 
The benefit, which comes from federal funds, is $150, and the person making the application must be the name on the account with the household's electric company. The electric account at the home must be active; there are no funds available for households with disconnected electric accounts.

To qualify, household gross income for the past 30 days must be at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. That is no more than $1,436 for a one-person household, $1,939 for two people, $2,241 for three people, and $2,944 for four people.

Appointments will be handed out at 7 a.m. on Monday at outreach sites in the three counties:
  • Park Pavilion (behind the Aquatic Center) in West Frankfort
  • Illinois Department of Human Services, 333 Potomac Blvd., Suite F, Mt. Vernon
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security, 8195 Express Drive, Marion
All Summer Energy Assistance Program funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. All applicants must go to the outreach sites in Franklin, Williamson and Jefferson counties. No phone appointments are available.

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