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Application help offered for Peoria residents struggling with utility bills

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Collin Schopp
Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity's Anisha Hughes, left, and Bryan McDaniel of the Citizens Utility Board answer questions about the cost of utilities at the Lincoln branch of the Peoria Public Library.

Dozens of Peoria residents were at the Lincoln branch of the Peoria Public Library on Monday for a clinic on saving money on utilities.

The event, hosted by Illinois State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, included information on how to apply for heating and water assistance programs like LIHEAP and LIHWAP. There also were individual utility bill reviews with representatives from the Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB), and a question-and-answer session with Ameren and Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity representatives.

“We know that a lot of people are struggling with their utility bills,” said Gordon-Booth. “We wanted to create an opportunity to kind of one-stop shop, some of the offerings that there are available for people to find ways to lower that utility bill.”

The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity (PCCEO) is accepting applications for LIHEAP and LIHWAP for the programs that start Sep. 1. Applications require a copy of a social security card for everyone in the household, a record of gross income for the last 30 days and the most recent Ameren or water bill.

Applications can be dropped off at PCCEO locations at 711 W. McBean St., or 512 E. Kansas St., which is the location of the East Bluff Community Center.

You can find more information on the PCCEO website here.

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Collin Schopp is a reporter at WCBU. He joined the station in 2022.