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North Shore Gas

For Release: 09/30/2011

North Shore Gas Urges Customers to Apply for LIHEAP Grants

Households With Children Five and Under May Apply October 1

Waukegan, IL - The second priority period for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) opens on October 1 and North Shore Gas is urging all those who may be eligible to apply while funds are available. During this priority period, LIHEAP will accept applications from persons needing reconnection assistance, from households with children under 5 years of age and from those who require assistance to replace or repair a furnace.

LIHEAP provides grants to assist low-income families with their energy bills and is administered in Lake County by the Community Action Partnership of Lake County. This assistance helps families pay outstanding bills, reconnect service, and maintain their home's natural gas service.

"We realize that in this tough economy, families are struggling financially to pay their energy bills," says Adrienne M. Jones, director, Government and Community Relations. "We want to encourage our customers who meet the criteria to apply as soon as possible. LIHEAP grants are based on the last 30 days of income. This means if anyone in the household has recently lost their job or had their work hours reduced, they may be eligible to receive these funds."

The following documents are needed to apply for a LIHEAP grant:

  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day period prior to the application date.
  • Copy of most recent utility bill.
  • Proof of Social Security Numbers of all household members.
  • If a member of your household receives TANF, you must bring their Medical Eligibility Card.
  • Applicants who have their utilities included in the rent must bring proof of rental agreement stating monthly rental amount, what utilities are included, and landlord contact information. (Rent costs must be greater than 30% of household gross income for 30 days prior to application).

Customers may be eligible for a grant if their income is 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines according to the following chart:

Family Income Guidelines
Size of Family 30 Days Income
1 $1,361
2 $1,839
3 $2,316
4 $2,794
5 $3,271
6 $3,749
7 $4,226
8 $4,704
9 $5,181
10 $5,659

To apply and find the location of the closest LIHEAP application site, North Shore Gas customers can call the Community Action Partnership of Lake County at 1-847-249-4330. Customers can also visit for a list of application sites and guidelines.

LIHEAP opened on September 1 for seniors and households with disabled family members who are still encouraged to apply during this second priority period. The program will be open to any and all eligible families on November 1.

The utility is also encouraging customers to consider signing up for Budget Billing to help manage heating bills year-round. Budget Billing spreads annual payments more evenly over the year to help customers plan their utility payments.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson
    Manager, Public Relations
    312-907-7333 (Cell)