One local agency earlier this year saw one of its bigger programs eliminated because of the financial rut, however, that is not slowing them down from continuing assisting those in need this summer.
Community Action of Central Illinois saw its LIHEAP program get shut down for the summer months, which provided low income families assistance paying for their cooling bills. Ashley Doyle of Community Action says they are partnering with local communities to provide fans for residents in need of assistance keeping themselves cool through the summer heat.
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Community Action is doing the fan donations as an alternative to their usual Summer LIHEAP program, which means they are not getting funds from the government. However, Doyle says they are asking those who are applying for fans meet the same requirements as those who would apply for assistance with LIHEAP.
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Despite the funds getting cut for the summer from LIHEAP, Doyle says they have received great support in the form of donations of funds and fans for Community Action. Doyle stresses while LIHEAP assistance is not available, they have plenty of fans they are very willing to get to anyone needing assistance.
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Community Action serves DeWitt, Logan, Macon and Piatt County's. The process of getting a fan begins by filling out an application. To get more information about receiving a fan or donating money or fans to Community Action, you can call 217-732-2159.