What to Do When the Utility Bill Is Due

Have you ever found yourself unable to make ends meet and in danger of not being able to pay your utilities bill? If you are in this situation, the Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 is an invaluable resource to aid you in receiving the assistance you need. The 2-1-1 program is a free, completely confidential number that you can call at any time. You will be connected with trained staff who can refer you to the organizations and people that can help you out. The 2-1-1 team is here to talk you through different options, and connect you to the help you need.

There are several organizations in the Peoria area that aid in utilities assistance. The Peoria Friendship House offers emergency service programs which help individuals with rent and utility payments to help deter homelessness. The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity also offers utilities assistance programs, more specifically for the elderly, disabled, and large, low income families. The Salvation Army also offers various utility assistance programs to local residents.

If you ever find yourself in danger of losing electricity, or any other emergency situation whether it financial, health, or family related, call 211 for immediate information and referral. If you are unable to connect to 211, you can also call 309-999-4029 or search for your specific need at 211hoi.org.