What We Do

Home Energy Assistance Programs

CEDA’s Energy Services Program is the largest in Illinois serving over 165,382 households per year.

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*.

*The PIPP Program is not accepting any new applications for the 2019 Program Year. Only current PIPP households are eligible to recertify for benefits. PIPP customers should refer to their recertification letters for the eligible dates to recertify.*

over 181,000 Households served - PY2018

$70,242,219LIHEAP Direct Client Assistance - PY2018

$3,659,407ComED RSH Program Grants Applied - PY 2018

$2,699,763Peoples Gas STW Program Grants Applied - PY 2018

  • Size of Household LIHEAP Share the Warmth ComED HardShip
    1 $1,518 $2,010 $2,529
    2 $2,058 $2,706 $3,429
    3 $2,598 $3,404 $4,329
    4 $3,138 $4,100 $5,229
    5 $3,678 $4,797 $6,129
    6 $4,218 $5,493 $7,029
    7 $4,758 $6,190 $7,929
    8 $5,298 $6,887 $8,829
  • Priority Period 1 - October 1:

    Households with a senior member age 60+ or Households with a person receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

    Priority Period 2 - November 1

    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

    Regular Application Period - December 1

    Available program benefits open to all eligible low-income households

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Proof of current 30-day gross income from all household members.
    • Copy of most recent heat and electric bills if you pay for your home energy directly. (Must provide entire bill)
    • Proof of Social Security Numbers of all household members (Hard-copy of Social Security cards, print-out from the Social Security Administration or any other form of government-issued identification that shows both name and Social Security number.)
    • If a member of your household receives TANF, you must bring their Medical Eligibility Card
    • Applicants that have their utilities included in the rent must bring proof of rental agreement stating monthly rental amount, that utilities are included, and landlord contact information. (Rent costs must be greater than 30% of current household 30-day gross income).
    Share the Warmth Program Required Documentation:
    • Most recent Peoples Gas bill, issued within the last 30 days
    • Current Government issued picture ID for the customer of record
    • Proof of household income for the past 30 days

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Direct Vendor Payment (DVP)/Reconnection Assistance (RA)/Cash Assistance

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.

Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)

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

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.

Fuel Funds Programs

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.