DuPage County Community Services will accept applications for the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until May 31, 2020, or until funds are depleted. As cold temperatures are just around the corner, eligible families are encouraged to apply.
DuPage County Department of Community Services is accepting winter heating applications by appointment from seniors or people with disabilities. Beginning Nov. 1, applications will be taken for seniors, disabled, disconnected and households with children 5 or under. All other eligible households may begin applying on Dec. 2. Benefits are paid directly to the utilities on behalf of eligible households.
If your household’s combined gross income for the 30 days beginning with the date of the application is at or below 150% of the federal poverty level, you may be eligible to receive assistance. A single-person household can qualify for the program with a monthly gross income of up to $1,561; a two-person household up to $2,114; and a family of four can earn up to $3,219.
The PIPP Program (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) also will be offered this program year to ComEd and Nicor Gas customers. Under PIPP, eligible households pay a percentage of their income, may receive a monthly benefit to their utility bill, and arrearage reduction for every on-time payment they make, if applicable. PIPP applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Application for PIPP are taken through Dec. 31 or until funding is exhausted.
Customers must bring the following required documentation when applying for assistance:
• Social Security cards for all household members.
• Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day period beginning with the date of application.
• Current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for the energy directly).
For information, including where you can apply, DuPage County residents may call 630-407-6500, 800-942-9412 (toll-free) or visit www.dupageco.org.