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Heating program offering financial assistance for the upcoming winter

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL -

No matter how you heat your home, cold weather can really drain your finances.

Many of you got help last winter through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

The Crosswalk Community Action Agency has only been taking appointments for two days and they already have about 400 application requests that books them through the middle of October.

Debbie Civik is applying for energy assistance. She is fighting breast cancer and any money saved is helpful.

"This will save me about $500 this fall," said Civik.

LIHEAP Coordinator Kim Rutherford says there is enough money to serve about 6,500 people in her three-county district.

"We will receive probably close to 3.5 - 4 million dollars between now and the end of May," said Rutherford.

The money you could receive will depend on your income, the number of people in your home and the type of energy you use.

Rutherford says the paperwork can be daunting.

"Be patient with us, we'll get to you, there's money there, we just can't get to everybody at the same time," said Rutherford.

In the meantime, Civik is crossing her fingers for a more mild winter!

"It's Mother Nature, it's not up to us," said Civik.

The Williamson County LIHEAP office has recently moved to the Man-Tra-Con office in the Star Centre Mall in Marion.

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