Weatherization Assistance Program
Serving Boone and Winnebago Counties, the Weatherization Program enables eligible low-income homeowners to receive a free energy audit and upgrades to make the home more energy efficient to help save on their energy costs. Rockford residents may also be eligible for the FOCUS AREA REHABILITATION PROGRAM which can provide up to $40,000 in repayable and forgivable loans to cover construction costs to complete electrical, mechanical, plumbing and exterior repairs such as a roof or siding. Also, accessibility modifications may be made for persons with disabilities.
Weatherization and Focus Area Rehab info for Rockford residents:
Weatherization info for Winnebago and Boone County residents:
Serving Boone and Winnebago Counties, this program may help eligible homeowners with furnace repair or replacement if the heating system is non-operational or has been red-tagged by the utility company.
Update: Emergency Furnace program is seasonal and it not currently available.
Serving Boone and Winnebago Counties, LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) provides energy assistance for residents in which a benefit is paid directly to the utility companies on behalf of eligible households.
Update: LIHEAP is not available at this time – we will have more information later in the summer. We do know that LIHEAP will begin in October rather than September this year. Please keep checking this website and our phone menu for updates.
PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Program)
Some LIHEAP applicants may qualify for this program where an eligible client pays a percentage of their income, receives a monthly benefit towards their utility bill, and a reduction in overdue payments for every on-time payment they make by the bill due date.
Update: Enrolling in PIPP is not available at this time – we will have more information later in the summer of 2017. Please keep checking this website and our phone menu for updates.
Serving Boone and Winnebago Counties, this program provides an additional payment toward the electric bill of a ComEd resident with household incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty level who can prove a hardship such as job loss, documented illness, military deployment, senior or disability hardships, among others.