MCS COMMUNITY SERVICES
MORGAN, CASS AND SCOTT COUNTY RESIDENTS
WHAT IS ILLINOIS HOME WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WEATHERIZATION)?
The Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) is designed to help low-income residents save fuel and money while increasing the comfort of their homes. Depending on the circumstances and condition of your dwelling, some of the following weatherization work may be done: sealing cracks with weather stripping and caulk; insulating attics and walls; and repairing windows and doors. Weatherization services include having an experienced heating contractor examine your heating system. Work on your furnace may include one or more of the following: clean and tune; repair; retrofit; and in some cases, replacement of the unit.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Income-eligible households with high energy bills in relation to income, and those containing young children, persons with a disability, and/or elderly members will be given priority and receive Weatherization services first. Non-priority, income eligible households will be served if funding is available; therefore, some eligible households may not receive weatherization during the year they apply.
WHAT ARE THE INCOME GUIDELINES?
Income guidelines are based upon 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Maximum gross income for the 12 months prior to application date for a household is as follows:
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Guidelines effective July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
WHEN CAN HOUSEHOLDS APPLY?
Applicants calling the office will be given appointments on a first-come first-served basis. Eligible applications will then be prioritized by: income, energy use, elderly, disabled, and children under 6 who live in the household. An applicant’s file remains active for 12 months from the date taken.
MCS Community Services reserves the right to deny applicants due to lack of funds or program ineligibility.
WHO PROVIDES THE FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM?
Funding is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Energy, and the State of Illinois and is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. For more information, please call MCS Community Services at 217-243-9404 or toll-free 1-888-288-4413.