CEDA's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist eligible low-income households to pay for winter energy services. LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills (ie. ComEd and Nicor). The amount of the payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type and geographic location. LIHEAP begins September 1st for senior citizens and people who are disabled, October 1st for children under 6 or households with one or more disconnected utilities, and November 1st it is open to the general public.
LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families, in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. LIHEAP includes the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) which will also be available starting September 1, 2016 for LIHEAP eligible households. Under PIPP, eligible households pay a percentage of their income towards their utility bill, supplemented by a monthly benefit. Participating households are eligible for a reduction in outstanding bills for every on-time payment they make. Applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.
Emergency Assistance may be available if your household is disconnected from any emergency source needed for heating and/or a delivered fuel supplier who has refused to deliver and the tank contains 10% or less. Assistance for reconnection will only be provided to households that have made a good faith effort to maintain their energy services or can pay a portion of the amount owed for reconnection.