With the warmer weather upon, the opportunity to take advantage of a home energy assistance program through a local non-profit is beginning to dwindle.
Alison Rumler-Gomez is the Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois, and indicates their energy assistance program, LIHEAP, is seeing the available funds begin to decrease as we approach the spring months.
This winter has been one to remember because of a lack of precipitation and mild temperatures. Rumler-Gomez indicates that has impacted the payouts they have made but has not impacted the number of requests they've received.
The funds for the LIHEAP program are made available through a federal and state grant and Rumler-Gomez indicates those funds were not available for a while from the State because of the budget impasse in Springfield.
Rumler-Gomez says they don't know how many more clients they could help, so she encourages anyone who might need financial assistance paying for their energy bill or assistance in energy efficient projects who may be eligible based on income to contact their Lincoln office at 217-732-2159.