Utility bill assistance still available in Sauk Valley

MORRISON — James Duffy, chairman of the Whiteside County Board, issued a reminder that residents in need can get assistance for their utility and energy bills.

The program is run in conjunction with the Tri-County Opportunities Council.

Both Illinois Percentage of Income Payment Plan, or PIPP, and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, are accepting applications. Both provide assistance on a first-come, first-served basis until their respective funds are depleted.

PIPP applications run through March 31 and LIHEAP applications run through May 31.

PIPP eligible residents get stabilized monthly bill amounts and reductions on past-due amounts for on-time payments. LIHEAP provides grants based on income and household size that can be applied to electric bills. Inquiries for either can be made to the Tri-County Opportunities Council by calling 800-235-5434 or visiting its website at www.tcochelps.org. Eligibility is based on household size and 30-day income levels.

To be eligible, residents must live in Bureau, Carroll, La Salle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark or Whiteside counties. Home energy providers must be electric, natural gas, propane or fuel oil.