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LIHEAP Priority Period Begins October 1st

Home Energy Assistance Programs

Funding for the ComEd Residential Special Hardship Program is exhausted as of September 30, 2015

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

    LIHEAP 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. The amount of the payment is determined by income, household size, and fuel type. Please call the Energy Services Hotline for more information.

    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 households. Renters are not eligible to apply. Households are eligible to apply for Furnace assistance during their priority period.

    Application Times

    LIHEAP will begin on October 1, 2015.  Below are the priority periods for this program year.


    • A household member receiving Social Security Disability
    • Senior (60+) household member


    • A household member receiving Social Security Disability
    • Senior (60+) household member
    • A household member under the age of 6
    • Utility service is disconnected


    • Any income eligible household
  • Peoples Gas Share the Warmth Program

    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. Disconnected households may be eligible to apply.
  • *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 LIHEAP STW
1 $1,471 $1,962
2 $1,991 $2,655
3 $2,511 $3,348
4 $3,031 $4,042
5 $3,551 $4,735
6 $4,071 $5,428
7 $4,591 $6,122
8 $5,111 $6,815

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 (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).

Additional Documentation Needed for Furnace Assistance:

  • Proof of property ownership (one of the following):
    • Current tax bill showing the property address and owner's full first and last name
    • Mortgage billing statement or mortgage payment book including the front cover and payment coupon showing the property address and the owner's full name.
    • Quit Claim Deed with recorded stamp by the County Court Recorder
    • Vehicle title for mobile homeowners
  • Building Owner Certification and Work Authorization Form

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