For Release: 01/12/2019

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 the Community Economic Development Association (CEDA) today to host the 14th annual Winter Resource Fair at Mark T. Skinner Classical School, 1260 W. Adams St., on the city’s west side.

“We have been conducting this Winter Resource Fair for more than ten years with great success. This year could be one of the most critical,” said Rep. Davis. “Once the money which funds this program runs out there may not be another opportunity for this type of help this heating season. I urge anyone in need of gas or electric assistance to come to the fair and apply.” Hundreds of Chicago residents benefited from personalized, face-to-face interaction with 26 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 tough for our customers, especially during the cold winter months,” said John Zaganczyk, senior vice president – customer service, WEC Energy Group, parent company of 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.”

Eligible residents worked with CEDA to apply for LIHEAP and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth program. Customers also learned about the 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 lightbulbs (CFLs) and smart power strips.

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 matching 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 IncomesShare the Warmth Maximum Income
Household Size Maximum 30-Day Income Household Size Maximum 30-Day Income
1 $1,518 1 $2,023
2 $2,058 2 $2,743
3 $2,598 3 $3,463
4 $3,138 4 $4,183
5 $3,678 5 $4,903
6 $4,218 6 $5,623
7 $4,758 7 $6,343
8 $5,298 8 $7,063

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 for more information.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Vanessa Hall

WEC Energy Group