For Release: 09/09/2016
Millions in financial assistance available to eligible Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas customers for 2016-2017 heating season
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for seniors (60+) and people with disabilities and Share the Warmth are open for applications
Chicago, IL – Applications for energy assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are now open for Illinois households that include seniors and people with disabilities. Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are encouraging its qualifying customers to submit their LIHEAP and Share the Warmth applications early if they need help with their natural gas bills this winter.
Enrollment for LIHEAP opened on Sept. 1 for households including eligible seniors (60+) and people with disabilities while Share the Warmth is available year-round. Both programs provide grants to customers struggling to pay outstanding utility bills, reconnect service, and maintain natural gas service. LIHEAP applications will open Oct. 1 for households with children ages five years old and under and customers whose natural gas has been disconnected. Applications for all customers will open on Nov. 1. More than 75,000 Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas households received approximately $30 million in LIHEAP and Share the Warmth grants during the 2015-2016 heating season.
"We understand that sometimes it's difficult for our customers to keep up with their monthly energy bills due to unforeseen circumstances," said Michelle Rindt, vice president — customer service, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. "That's why we are creating awareness of this financial assistance and urge our customers to apply before the heating season."
For Peoples Gas customers, the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) administers LIHEAP and Share the Warmth. Peoples Gas customers should call (800) 571-CEDA (2332) or visit cedaorg.net for information about how and where to apply.
North Shore Gas
For North Shore Gas customers, the Community Action Partnership of Lake County administers LIHEAP and Share the Warmth. North Shore Gas customers should call 847-249-4330 or visit caplakecounty.org for information about how and where to apply.
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Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas offer billing and payment options to help customers manage their energy bills. Customers also can manage their energy use by conserving energy and making their home more energy efficient. For more information about financial assistance, billing options and saving energy, visit peoplesgasdelivery.com or northshoregasdelivery.com.
About Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are both subsidiaries of WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) and regulated natural gas delivery companies. Peoples Gas serves approximately 830,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the city of Chicago. North Shore Gas serves approximately 159,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in 54 communities within the northern suburbs of Chicago. For more information about natural gas safety, energy efficiency and other energy-related topics, visit northshoregasdelivery.com or peoplesgasdelivery.com.
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- Vanessa Hall