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CAP Announces Energy Assistance Program


September 28, 2018

The Community Action Partnership of Lake County announced today the availability of heating assistance through a federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP). Low income residents may apply for grant assistance to help pay for energy bills. To qualify, households must have income equal to or less than 150% of the poverty level. A single-person household can qualify with a gross monthly income of up to $1,518, two-person household $2,058, three-person household $2,598 and four-person household $3,138.

The priority period for heating assistance begins October 1, 2018 for households with a Senior (age 60 or above) or households with someone receiving disability may apply. Beginning November 1, 2018 , families with children age 5 or under (includes all children who are not yet 6 years old, that is, up to 5 years and 364 days) and households whose service is on Imminent Disconnect or has been disconnected may apply.

December 1, 2018 is for all low-income households, including those under imminent threat of disconnection may apply.

All applicants must schedule an appointment by calling 847-249-4330. Applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. LIHEAP applications will be taken through May 31, 2019, or until funding is exhausted. PIPP applications will be taken until December 31, 2018, or until funding is exhausted. Documentation required at application is proof of income for the 30-days prior to the appointment and Social Security cards for all household members, and a current utility bill.

LIHEAP also weatherizes homes to make them more energy efficient. Weatherization reduces the amount it takes to keep homes warm in winter and cool in summer. This saves money. LIHEAP insulates attics and walls and ensures that heating systems are in good working order.

To apply for assistance, you may call the Community Action Partnership at 847-249-4330 to schedule an appointment. The physical location is 2424 Washington St, Waukegan, IL 60085.


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