We assist eligible Cook County residents with their home heating and cooling energy costs as well as Emergency Furnace Repair. The following programs are available: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)*, Furnace Assistance, People’s Gas Share the Warmth and ComEd Residential Special Hardship*.
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Households with a senior member age 60+ or Households with a person receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Households with one or more disconnected (meaning they are disconnected or under imminent threat of disonnection from their primary and /or secondary energy source) utilities or Households with children age 5 and under
Available program benefits open to all eligible low-income households
DVP/RA is designed to assist income-eligible households with energy services, in the form of a one-time benefit payment to the utility companies that is applied directly to the household’s energy bills. Cash assistance is a one-time benefit payment to the customer if able to provide proof that their utilities are included in their rent. The amount of the payments is determined by income, household size, and fuel type. RA is used to prevent or reconnect disconnected households.
PIPP provides a monthly benefit payment to the utilities based on household utility budget billing and customers are required to pay a reduced amount on their utility bills each month to get the benefit payments. PIPP Participants who make their utility payments on time will receive credits towards their outstanding balance. Disconnected households are not eligible.
Furnace Assistance is designed to restore the home’s heating system back to a safe and effective operation. Assistance is only available to approved households that has or are eligible to receive a LIHEAP benefit and whose heating systems are not operational or have been red-tagged by their utility company. The services are free of charge for income qualifying homeowners that reside within the property. Renters are not eligible to apply. Households are eligible to apply for Furnace assistance during their priority period.
Peoples Gas Share the Warmth (STW) Program
Share the Warmth provides heating grants up to $200 on past due Peoples Gas bills to limited and fixed-income households. Disconnected households are eligible to apply.
ComEd Residential Special Hardship (RSH)
ComEd Residential Special Hardship (RSH) provides a variable grant up to $300 on past due ComEd bills (once every two years) to eligible residential ComEd customers with a demonstrated hardship case that is not addressed by other programs while funds are available. Disconnected household may be eligible to apply.