LIHEAP/CEDA application sites will begin taking applications this Monday to help at-risk, low-income residents pay down their high electric bills. Seniors, 60 and over, and families with children, age 2 and under, along with permanently disabled persons and households with a doctor’s statement or medical certification form are eligible for the assistance (if they meet the income guidelines).

Federal LIHEAP monthly income guidelines are $1,196 for a family of one, $1,604 for a family of two, and adding $400 for each additional household member. Applicants should bring proof of previous 30-day income, their current electric bill, social security cards and birth dates for each family member. Applications will be taken until Aug. 12 or until funds run out.

South Austin Coalition (SACCC) sites at 342 S. Laramie and 5071 W. Congress Pkwy. will be open starting Monday, Aug. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to take applications. Call 773/287-4570 for more information.

All-night vigil highlights Austin’s ‘National Nights Out’

Austin churches, community organizations and the Austin Police District CAPS program will join forces Monday, Aug. 1 and Tuesday, Aug. 2 to help fight crime and substance abuse.

The 2-night vigil begins Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Lake and Central and will include prayer rallies, speak-outs, and information tables on drug treatment, ex-offender resources, youth programs and other community services.

The second night features a community motorcade, starting at 6 p.m. at 15th Dist. headquarters, 5327 W. Chicago Ave. and continuing to Levin Park, 5458 W. Kinzie for a recognition ceremony and rally, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Sgt. Allison Johnson, 312/746-8324, or SACCC’s Bob Vondrasek, 773/287-4570.