SPRINGFIELD (JG-TC) -- Applications for a state program that helps with heating bills can soon be submitted at two area agencies.

The program, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, can cover heating costs for certain low-income households with people with health risks, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

According to the news release, a single-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up to $1,459; a two-person household up to $1,966; a family of three can earn up to $2,474; and a family of four can earn up to $2,981. The program, called LHEAP, pays directly to energy utilities.

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The release said households that have heating disconnected and residences with children age 5 and younger can apply starting Oct. 1 and other eligible applicants can apply starting Nov. 1.

Residents in Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Douglas and Edgar counties can apply at the Embarras River Basin Agency in Martinsville, phone 217-382-3412. Residents in Moultrie and Shelby counties can apply at the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. in Taylorville, phone 217-824-5712.

The news release said more information about the program is available online at www.liheapIllinois.com or by calling 1-877-411-WARM.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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