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. Program normally runs October 1 through March 30 or until funds run out.
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. LIHEAP generally begins in either September or October and runs through the following May or until funds run out. There are priority groups that get to apply first. Normally, it is households with seniors 60 and over and those households receiving social security disability the first month, households with children 5 years old or younger and those households who are shut off from their utility the second month, and all other income eligible households the third month. If you don’t get an appointment during your priority month, you can keep trying to get one every month after that until program ends. There are many sites that serve LIHEAP clients and program details are usually rolled out in late summer.
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.
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. The Hardship program begins and ends at ComEd’s discretion and is different every year. ComEd Hardship is not available during LIHEAP season.