The Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program assists qualifying homeowners or renters to attain specific services by licensed professionals that increase the energy efficiency of their home or apartment. It lowers energy costs for families, particularly for elderly, people with disabilities, and children. Funds are used to improve the energy efficiency of homes using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry. The energy savings resulting from the efforts of Kankakee County Community Services, Inc. helps our county reduce its dependency on foreign oil and decrease the cost of energy for families in need while improving the health and safety of their homes.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
KCCSI partners with The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to deliver the Weatherization Assistance Program.
KCCSI delivers energy efficient services to eligible residents across the county. Professionally trained staff use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment to determine the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures appropriate for each home. Energy conservation assessors also test furnaces and gas appliances for carbon monoxide leaks and combustion safety.
Typical weatherization services include installing insulation: sealing ducts; and stopping heat loss through windows, doors, and infiltration points. Energy conservation workers also install health and safety measures, such as carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Clients are educated on the proper use and maintenance of the installed measures.
For many Kankakee County households, energy expenses can place severe and continuing stress on a family’s budget. In some cases, the household may be forced to make difficult decisions, such as which bills are necessities and which bills they can live without. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist eligible low-income households with their winter energy services. LIHEAP provides a one-time benefit to eligible households for use towards energy bills. The payment amount is based on four criteria: income, household size, fuel type and geographic location.
If your household is disconnected from an energy source needed for heating, or if a delivered fuel supplier has refused to deliver to you, Reconnection Assistance may be available. However, it is only provided to households that have made an effort to maintain their energy services or who can pay a portion of the reconnection amount.
Who is Eligible?
Individuals may be eligible to receive assistance through LIHEAP if their household’s combined income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
LIHEAP assistance does not require that you own your home. You also do not need to pay energy bills directly or have proof of an overdue bill or cut-off notice.
If you rent and your heat and/or electric is included in the rent, then your rent must be greater than 30 percent of your income in order to be eligible to receive benefits.
When you apply for assistance, bring the following with you:
KCCSI provides nutritional services to the residents of Kankakee County through our easily assessable food pantry. Our pantry is simple to utilize and offers a wide variety of foods to meet the needs of any family. Many residents have the unfortunate burden of insufficient food to feed their family. KCCSI’s food pantry offers these individuals the opportunity to choose from an assortment of items of dry, box, canned and fresh foods to meet their needs. Clients have choices such as hot and cold breakfast cereals, bread and pastry items, canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy products. With the variety of choices from the pantry, the families can make complete nutritious meals. In addition to providing food to our clients, we also offer referrals to other food pantries in the county where they can receive additional services.
The Farmer’s Market Coupon Distribution Program provides a resource for individuals and families to obtain fresh produce at the local farmer’s market. The coupon distribution encourages an increase in the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Poor nutrition is a pre-cursor to numerous health related issues and many low-income families lack the resources to adequately supply fresh produce for their families. The program offers a great opportunity for families to receive healthy fresh fruits and vegetables while supporting our local farmers. The markets are a fun and social event for our residents as well. Music, food and socialization are all present with each visit to the market.
Our dining program offers a hot wholesome lunch to complement the Club Boomers activities. Lunch is provided at each of our centers to senior citizens who are 60 years of age and older. Every menu is approved by a licensed dietician to meet 1/3 of the RDI. Sharing lunch with friends is a great way to relax after dancing or to get you ready for bingo to begin. It may be a picnic lunch in the park on a warm day or a hot bowl of chili inside in the winter cold but you will always be surrounded by friends.
Club Boomer’s Kankakee’s location is open from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, serving lunch from 11:30am-12:00. Pembroke’s location is open from 8:30am-12:00, Monday-Thursday, and Fridays 8:30am-3:00pm, serving lunch from 11:30am-12:00. The Limestone group meets on Tuesdays from 11:30am-1:00, serving lunch from 11:30-12:00. The Sun River Terrace group meets on Wednesdays from 11:00-1:30, serving lunch from 11:30-12:00. The suggested donation is $3.00 at each site.
The Meals on Wheels program is offered to senior citizens who are 60 years of age and older and homebound due to illness, injury or lack of accommodations for meal preparation. Our seniors are provided with a well balanced meal Monday thru Friday and weekend meals for those who are vulnerable and may suffer from malnutrition. KCCSI has dedicated and compassionate staff who deliver the meals daily with a smile and a kind word for each person. Our staff checks on the seniors daily to insure their safety and well-being is intact. The Meals on Wheels program helps our seniors to remain independent in their homes for a longer period of time with dignity and self respect.