Winter Reading Challenge
The Wheaton Public Library’s Winter Reading Challenge is underway. Earn points for the chance to win prizes during the library's all ages reading challenge! Don't forget to look for secret codes on the library's social media every other week to earn more points. Additional information about this event can be found at wheatonlibrary.org/WRC
Save the Date for the Cocoa Crawl & Ice Art Walk
Save the date! The Downtown Wheaton Association will host the Cocoa Crawl and Ice Art Walk on Saturday, February 5. Visit their website at www.downtownwheaton.com for more information or tickets for the Cocoa Crawl. The Ice Art Walk is free for all to enjoy.
Assistance Available through Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program
DuPage County Community Services is accepting applications for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) to assist income-eligible households with their water and wastewater fees. Residents can call to set up an appointment beginning Jan. 24; the program will begin Feb. 1 and runs through Aug. 31, 2023, or until funds are depleted. Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis by appointment only. Income-eligible homeowners and renters may receive one-time assistance to help with water and wastewater bills, reconnection of water service, and water bill arrearages.
Households must have a past-due bill of at least $250 and be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level to receive a benefit from the LIHWAP program.
The 30-day income guidelines are based on federal poverty guidelines, which are: $2,147 for a single individual household, $2,903 for a household of two, $3,660 for three-member households, and $4,417 for a household of four. For more information, please visit https://www.dupageco.org/lihwap or call (630) 407-6500 or toll-free at (800) 942-9412.
COVID-19 Tests Available by Mail
A new program allows each residential U.S. household to order one set of 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests shipped by the USPS. Registration is now open at https://www.covidtests.gov, and shipping will start in late January. This is a federal government program for which all households are eligible.