Springfield utility provider accepting applications for winter assistance
Springfield residents facing utility disruptions this winter can apply for financial aid via an assistance program through City Water, Light and Power (CWLP).
The CWLP program known as RELIEF, which began accepting applications at the beginning of the month, launched more than three decades ago to help needy customers keep their essential utilities operating, a CWLP release said.
Funded largely by customer and employee donations, last year’s $34,000 RELIEF fund kept 170 families from service interruptions stemming from financial hardship, the release said.
Criteria for assistance include meeting income guidelines, having a past-due bill and exhausting the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program, among other eligibility requirements. A full list of criteria is available at https://www.cwlp.com/ServicesHome/ServicesInformation/BillAssistance.aspx.
Families interested in applying for help should call 789-2414, and once vetted, can meet with program administrator Fifth Street Renaissance, the release said.
To donate, visit https://cwlp.com/serviceshome/ServicesInformation/ProjectRelief.aspx. Send donation checks, made out to Project RELIEF, to Fifth Street Renaissance, 1315 N. Fifth St., Springfield IL 62702.