Macomb Local News

MACOMB – College can be an exciting time for many students, but for some, it can also include economic struggle.  Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency (WIRC-CAA), based in Macomb, wants college students to know they have programs that can help them.  One of their programs, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), can help income-eligible students living off-campus in Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren counties with paying their energy bills.  


A household may qualify to receive energy assistance if the gross income for all household members for a 30 day income period does not exceed the following levels: $1,561 for a one-person household; $2,114 for a two-person household; $2,666 for a three-person household; $3,219 for a four-person household.  For each additional household member, add $553.


People applying for assistance must provide the following information to document eligibility for the program: proof of gross income for all household members for a 30 day income period; a complete and current copy of the heating and electric bills; and social security cards for all household members. To obtain an appointment, call WIRC’s Community Action Agency department at (309) 837-2997.  Local outreach sites are available for filing an application. This season’s program ends May 31, 2020. 


WIRC’s Community Action Agency department provides efficient and diverse human services to help individuals and families help themselves, as well as providing services to survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.  For more information, visit, find them on social media, or call (309) 837-2997.