Illinois Starts Cooling Programs
The state of Illinois has announced it has $6 million available in LIHEAP funds this summer as part of its Keep Cool Illinois Campaign. Low-income residents can apply for assistance with their summer energy bills starting July 9.
In addition to energy assistance, the Keep Cool Illinois campaign includes a website, a statewide network of cooling centers, targeted outreach to vulnerable senior citizens, public service announcements, fire safety, water safety and other tips to help families across Illinois prepare for the summer.
Beginning June 13, 130 state facilities were made available as cooling centers, providing residents a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot days. Located at Illinois Department of Human Services offices throughout the state, the centers are open to the public during regular business hours.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Office, with funding assistance from the LIHEAP office, will kick-off the FAN Club again this summer. Started in 2005, the program has distributed about 1,000 fans through the Illinois Community Action Association to low-income households across Illinois.
Source: Governor’s Office