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If you need help finding local energy assistance resources, call the National Energy Assistance Referral hotline toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 or email energyassistance@ncat.org (TTY 1-866-367-6228)



The NEAR hotline is maintained by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It is not affiliated with the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance.

 

Illinois

LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Illinois

 

LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding
$167,457,747

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
150% Federal Poverty Level

 

LIHEAP FY 2013 Benefit
Heating: $100 minimum

LIHEAP Households Served
Heating: 322,756, Cooling: 58,172
(Estimate for FY 2013)

LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: November 1 – May 31
(September 1 start for seniors, disabled and families with young children)
Crisis: October 1 – April 30

 

 

 

State LIHEAP Resources

 

Low-Income Rate Assistance and Energy Efficiency
Effective 1998, the Supplemental Low-Income Energy Assistance Fund (SLEAF) was authorized through electric utility restructuring legislation. The law directed gas and electric utilities to assess a monthly surcharge from customers and deposit it into a state fund, which the General Assembly appropriates yearly to the state Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, the LIHEAP and weatherization grantee. Annually, about 80 percent of the fund, $65 million, goes for low-income bill payment assistance, and 10 percent, about $7.6 million, supplements the state’s weatherization program. LIHEAP makes payments from the fund directly to utilities. SLEAF funds may be used only for assistance to low-income customers of the utilities that assess the surcharge.

 

City Of Chicago
Emergency Housing Assistance Program: Emergency repair grants are available to qualified low-income homeowners. This may include repair or replacement of heating units, emergency roof repairs and other energy saving conservation activities. Applications are taken at the City of Chicago Department of Housing, 33 North LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60602. You may also call 311 for more information.

 

Illinois Utilities with Low-Income Rate Assistance

Ameren
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP): Under PIPP, an eligible client pays a percentage of their income, receive a monthly benefit towards their utility bill, and receive a reduction in overdue payments for every on-time payment they make by the bill due date. To enroll in the PIPP, contact your local LIHEAP administering agency.

Hardship Assistance for Residential Customers: The local community action agencies distribute these program funds based on the hardship experienced by customers with household incomes of up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The agencies may award grants of up to $600 per household. Customers may call 1-877-411-9276 to obtain the name and address of their local community action agency.

 

ComEd Rate Relief Program
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP): Under PIPP, an eligible client pays a percentage of their income, receive a monthly benefit towards their utility bill, and receive a reduction in overdue payments for every on-time payment they make by the bill due date. To enroll in the PIPP, contact your local LIHEAP administering agency.

Summer Assistance Program: A one-time $30 credit for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program participants with household incomes up to 200 percent of the poverty level. Program Dates: June 1 – Aug. 31. Apply at your local LIHEAP administering agency.

Fresh Start: LIHEAP-approved space-heating customers may qualify to participate in the Fresh Start Arrearage Reduction Program, which provides monthly credits of up to $150 a month for qualifying customers who begin and continue to pay their electric bills on time. For more information: Call ComEd CARE at 888-806-2273.

Residential Special Hardship Fund: Help is available for households with a financial hardship due to job loss, illness, military deployment, disability, or for senior households. Income-eligible, residential customers can apply once every 2 years for grants of up to $500 based on need and availability of program funds. This fund applies to residential customers with household incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty level who identify a hardship issue — including documented medical, military, senior, or disability hardships among others. Apply at your local community action agency.

C.H.A.M.P (ComEd Helps Activated Military Personnel): Special services and benefits, including a one-time cash stipend, deferred billing, extended due dates, and late charges cancellation.
Eligibility: Military deployment and disabled veterans with 2 years or more of service
Dates: Year-round
To Apply: Applications available online. Call ComEd CARE at 888-806-CARE (2273).

 

Nicor Gas
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP): Under PIPP, an eligible client pays a percentage of their income, receive a monthly benefit towards their utility bill, and receive a reduction in overdue payments for every on-time payment they make by the bill due date. To enroll in the PIPP, contact your local LIHEAP administering agency.

Good Samaritan Initiative: Qualified participants can get their service restored by paying 20 percent or $250 of their remaining balance. To qualify, utility customers must have account balances too high to be covered by the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but less than $3,000. The initiative is run by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Apply at your local LIHEAP administering agency.

 

Northshore Gas
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP): Under PIPP, an eligible client pays a percentage of their income, receive a monthly benefit towards their utility bill, and receive a reduction in overdue payments for every on-time payment they make by the bill due date. To enroll in the PIPP, contact your local LIHEAP administering agency.

Good Samaritan Initiative: Qualified participants can get their service restored by paying 20 percent or $250 of their remaining balance. To qualify, utility customers must have account balances too high to be covered by the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but less than $3,000. The initiative is run by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Apply at your local LIHEAP administering agency.

 

Peoples Gas
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP): Under PIPP, an eligible client pays a percentage of their income, receive a monthly benefit towards their utility bill, and receive a reduction in overdue payments for every on-time payment they make by the bill due date. To enroll in the PIPP, contact your local LIHEAP administering agency.

Good Samaritan Initiative: Qualified participants can get their service restored by paying 20 percent or $250 of their remaining balance. To qualify, utility customers must have account balances too high to be covered by the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but less than $3,000. The initiative is run by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Apply at your local LIHEAP administering agency.

 

Springfield City Water Light & Power
Senior Citizen Discount Rate: A 10% discount for customers 62 years of age or older with a total household income no greater than 275% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a printed application and more information view the website or call 217-789-2233.

Illinois Utilities with Low-Income Energy Efficiency Resources

 

Ameren
Warm Neighbors Cool Friends: Provides bill weatherization assistance for qualifying customers — the program is designed to help those who generally do not qualify for federal or state heating assistance. The program targets low- to moderate-income families and senior citizens at 200-300% of poverty. The home weatherization program typically includes basic energy-efficiency measures, such as insulation, air sealing, caulking and weather-stripping. These measures vary depending on local community initiatives. A statewide network of social service agencies and community organizations determine applicant eligibility. Find an agency near you or call 1-888-690-5700.

 

State utility resource information provided by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a service of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

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State LIHEAP Contacts

Public Inquiries: 1-877-411-9276
Website

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contact
County Assistance Office Contact Information

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts
Website

Illinois Delegation

House:
District 1 – Bobby Rush (D)
District 2 – Robin Kelly (D)
District 3 – Daniel Lipinski (D)
District 4 – Luis Gutiérrez (D)
District 5 – Mike Quigley (D)
District 6 – Peter Roskam (R)
District 7 – Danny Davis (D)
District 8 – Tammy Duckworth (D)
District 9 – Janice “Jan” Schakowsky (D)
District 10 – Bradley Schneider (D)
District 11 – Bill Foster (D)
District 12 – William Enyart (D)
District 13 – Rodney Davis (R)
District 14 – Randy Hultgren (R)
District 15 – John Shimkus (R)
District 16 – Adam Kinzinger (R)
District 17 – Cheri Bustos (D)
District 18 – Aaron Schock (R)
Senate:
Mark Kirk (R)
Richard Durbin (D)

Illinois State Plan

2014 detailed draft State Plan

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