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Residents can apply for energy assistance program

WAUKEGAN – The Community Action Partnership of Lake County has announced the availability of heating assistance through the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and state-funded Percentage of Income Payment Plan.

Low-income residents may apply for assistance to help pay for energy bills.

LIHEAP/PIPP heating assistance began July 27. The program will continue until June 30, 2021, or until funding is exhausted.

There will not be a priority period for heating assistance this program year. Households in need of energy assistance, especially those with disconnection notices and high past due balances, and those who have been affected by wage fluctuations because of the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to apply. Propane customers are strongly encouraged to apply in August when prices are at their lowest.

All applicants must schedule an appointment by calling Community Action Partnership at 847-249-4330. Applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lake County also will offer the Percentage of Income Payment Plan program to customers in the North Shore Gas, ComEd and Nicor Gas service areas. PIPP is a bill payment program that assists eligible customers by paying a monthly state benefit while the customer pays a percentage of their household income. PIPP applicants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis and the program will be offered until CAPCIL has reached the maximum capacity of households for the program. The 30-day income guidelines for PIPP are based on 150% of the federal poverty level and the number of people living in the household. PIPP applications will be taken through March 31, 2021, or until funding by county and utility is exhausted.

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