For Release: 01/13/2018

U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis hosts Winter Resource Fair with Peoples Gas and CEDA to help Chicago residents

Millions of dollars available in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Share the Warmth funds

CHICAGO – U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis joined Peoples Gas and CEDA (Community Economic Development Association) today to host the 13th annual Winter Resource Fair at Mark T. Skinner Elementary School, 1260 W. Adams St., on the city’s west side.

“We have been conducting the Winter Resource Fair for more than 10 years with great success,” the congressman said. “This year could be one of the most critical. Once the money that funds this program runs out, there may not be another opportunity to receive this type of help this heating season. I urge anyone in need of natural gas or electric assistance to apply.”

Eligible residents worked with CEDA to apply for LIHEAP and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program. Customers also learned about Peoples Gas’ energy efficiency programs and rebates for high-efficiency products, and signed up 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.

Hundreds of Chicago residents benefited from personalized, face-to-face interaction with nearly 15 local vendors that provided information on energy and financial assistance, including Peoples Gas, CEDA and ComEd. A number of city, state and human services agencies also were present to assist customers with other resources.

“We understand times can be challenging for our customers, especially during the cold winter months,” said Michelle Rindt, vice president – customer service, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. “That’s why we have funds available through the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth financial assistance program. Peoples Gas is encouraging eligible customers to apply for LIHEAP and Share the Warmth to help pay their natural gas bills and stay warm this winter.”

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that provides grants to help customers pay toward their energy bills, reconnect natural gas service and maintain their home’s gas service. Share the Warmth is an energy assistance program funded through donations from Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, their employees and customers. It provides grants of up to $200 to qualifying customers.

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 $1,508 1 $2,010
2 $2,030 2 $2,706
3 $2,553 3 $3,404
4 $3,075 4 $4,100
5 $3,598 5 $4,797
6 $4,120 6 $5,493
7 $4,643 7 $6,190
8 $5,165 8 $6,887

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

For More Information, Contact:

  • Vanessa Hall
  • Cherita Logan

WEC Energy Group