MAYOR EMANUEL AND PEOPLES GAS CONFIRM ‘SHARE THE WARMTH’ GRANTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR ASSISTANCE ON HEATING BILLS
$495,000 in financial support from City of Chicago and Peoples Gas still available while State and Federal LIHEAP funds have exhausted
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Peoples Gas today urged Chicagoans to apply for Share the Warmth funds as winter heating bill payments are due. In October 2014, the City and Peoples Gas doubled the size of available Share the Warmth funding to $1 million to give Chicagoans extra help in anticipation of another colder-than-average winter. To date, there is still enough Share the Warmth funding for at least 2,500 additional households to stay current on their heating bills.
“Share the Warmth has been essential in helping Chicagoans in need secure the warmth and comfort they deserve during the City’s cold winter months,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I encourage anyone who has yet to apply for assistance through the program to do so as soon as possible.”
Over the last five years, federal funds for the program have declined, as Cook County residents’ need has increased. Earlier this week, the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) announced State and federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds were exhausted before the 2014-2015 winter heating season ended.
Share the Warmth provides heating grants to limited and fixed-income households. Eligible customers who make a payment towards their bill receive a matching grant of up to $200. Grants can be used to reconnect service, avoid disconnection, and maintain a home’s natural gas service. Only one grant is available per household, per year.
“Freezing temperatures have moved back into Chicago, and that means continued home heating bills,” said Peoples Gas President John Kleczynski. “Peoples Gas wants to be sure that each and every one of our customers can pay those bills and keep their heat on. I join Mayor Emanuel in encouraging Chicagoans who need help paying their bills to apply for Share the Warmth funds right away.”
Customers should bring the following documents with them when applying for a grant:
· Proof of gross income from all household members for the last 30 days.
· Copy of most recent utility bill.
For more information about other financial assistance programs, free energy savings products, rebates and energy-saving tips to help manage heating costs, visitwww.peoplesgasdelivery.com.
Peoples Gas reminds customers that federal law requires regular inspection of natural gas meters and service pipes located inside homes. To avoid any disruption to your natural gas service or financial assistance, please ensure you allow Peoples Gas to inspect your meter when necessary.
About Peoples Gas
Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 831,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago.