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Home Energy Assistance Programs


The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has informed CEDA that funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Cook County has been exhausted for this program year, which ends May 31, 2015, or until funding is exhausted. As a result, CEDA ceased LIHEAP DVP/RA intake as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Cook County residents can still apply for the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP), ComEd Residential Special Hardship, and also recertify, when instructed, for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP).


    ComEd Residential Special Hardship Program

  • The ComEd Residential Special Hardship Fund provides a variable one-time credit equal to the past due balance up to $1500 on the ComEd bills of households with a demonstrated hardship case. The program is no available for accounts with past due less than $25 or accounts with evidence of tampering or fraud. Customers may only receive a grant once every two years. Please provide documentation for all circumstances. Proof of all hardships must be within 6 months. Please call the Energy Services Hotline for screening [800-571-CEDA (2332)].

  • Peoples Gas Share the Warmth Program

  • *As of Friday, May 22, 2015, Share the Warmth Program funding is exhausted for the season.

    The Share the Warmth (STW) Program is a matching grant program funded by Peoples Gas, its employees and customers, and the City of Chicago to assist low-income families and individuals who are having problems paying their heating gas bills.

    Low-income customers whose total household income is below 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible for apply for Share the Warmth grants of up to $200.  Customers must make a pledge payment to their Peoples Gas heating account, which will be matched by the grant.   The grant can be no larger than $200 per customer per year and cannot result in a credit balance on the account.  Grants cannot be applied to charges from alternate suppliers (Rider CFY).

    The customer must confirm that their application has been processed before making their pledge payment.  The pledge must then be made to their Peoples Gas account in a single payment within 14 calendar days of the date the application is processed by Peoples Gas.
  • *LIHEAP recipients who fail to respond to requests to schedule an Inside Safety Inspection risk disruption to their LIHEAP assistance.

Eligibility Guidelines


  Current 30-Day Gross Income
Size of Household ComEd STW
1 $2,395 $1,945
2 $3,233 $2,622
3 $4,070 $3,298
4 $4,908 $3,975
5 $5,745 $4,652
6 $6,583 $5,328
7 $7,420 $6,005
8 $8,258 $6,682

Required Intake Documents:

  • 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
  • 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