CHICAGO — The application period for CEDA’s (Community and Economic Development Association) Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program is open now through December.
The program covers one payment made directly to the utility on behalf of the household.
The first priority period for households with a senior over 60 years of age and those receiving Social Security disability benefits began Oct. 1. The second, for households with one or more disconnected utilities and those with children under the age of 5, begins Nov. 1.
All households will be eligible to apply Dec. 3.
Families in need of assistance are urged to bring proof of 30-day gross income for all family members, copies of the most recent heat and electric bills (must provide entire bill), and proof of Social Security numbers for all household members (hard copies of Social Security cards, printouts and qualifying Medicare cards accepted).
Applicants who have all of their utilities included in the rent must bring proof of their rental agreement that shows the monthly rental amount, the utilities included, and the landlord’s contact information.
CEDA also offers a ComEd Residential Hardship program, a Peoples Gas program and a Home Weatherization program for eligible households.
CEDA’s energy service programs help over 165,182 households every year.
For more information or to find the nearest intake site, call CEDA’s toll-free hotline: 800-571-CEDA or visit www.cedaorg.net.
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