For Release: 03/11/2017

Peoples Gas hosts winter Resource Fair to help Chicagoans with heating bills

Peoples Gas encourages customers to sign up for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Share the Warmth before funds run out

CHICAGO – Peoples Gas and CEDA (Community Economic Development Association) host 12th annual winter Resource Fair at Gary Comer Youth Center, at 7200 S. Ingleside., on the city’s south side.

“At a time when many people find themselves struggling to make ends meets, its resource fairs such as these that provide resources, solutions and stability to working families and people in need,” Rep. Rush said. “Each year that we’ve held this in the district, Peoples Gas, CEDA and other partners have risen to the challenge and work successfully to serve the needs of our most vulnerable families.”

Attendees received one-on-one consultations with Peoples Gas and seven local vendors who provided information on energy and financial assistance, including, CEDA and ComEd. Several city, state and human services agencies also were present to assist customers with other available resources.

“We understand that times can be tough and we want to remind customers that assistance with their heating bills is available,” said Michelle Rindt, vice president - customer service, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. “Customers should apply for LIHEAP and Share the Warmth as soon as possible to help pay their natural gas bills, before funds run out.”

Peoples Gas offered information about its energy efficiency programs and rebates for high-efficiency products, as well as signed up customers for Home Energy Jumpstart, which provides free, energy-saving products such as programmable thermostats, showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe insulation, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and smart power strips.

Through the federally funded LIHEAP program, customers receive help toward their energy bills. The Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program provides matching grants of up to $200 to qualifying customers for their natural gas bills.

Both LIHEAP and Share the Warmth are administered in Cook County by CEDA. LIHEAP is open to residents whose income is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Residents whose income is at or below 200 percent of the poverty level are eligible to apply for a Share the Warmth matching grant as shown below:

LIHEAP Maximum Incomes Share the Warmth Maximum Income
Household Size Maximum 30-Day Income Household Size Maximum 30-Day Income
1 $1,485 1 $1,962
2 $2,003 2 $2,655
3 $2,520 3 $3,348
4 $3,038 4 $4,042
5 $3,555 5 $4,735
6 $4,073 6 $5,428
7 $4,591 7 $6,122
8 $5,111 8 $6,815

Peoples Gas customers who were unable to attend the Winter Resource Fair can visit, or call CEDA's hotline at (800) 571-CEDA (2332) to find the location of the closest LIHEAP application site and for more information.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Vanessa Hall


WEC Energy Group