Utility Assistance

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Energy assistance, Family Support and Community Engagement, Housing Services, Home Weatherization

and WIC (women, infants & children)

ComEd LogoComEd - Residential Hardship
Are you past due on your electric bill and have a financial hardship due to job loss, illness, military deployment, disability, or as a senior citizen? If so, you may be eligible for assistance through ComEd's Residential Special Hardship program. Income-eligible, residential customers can apply once every two years for grants of up to $500* based on need and availability of program funds.

LIHEAP - Low Income Home Entergy Assistance Program
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible low-income households with
their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization
and energy-related home repairs.

Nicor Gas – Energy Assistance Program Energy Assistance Programs for Residential Customers
We believe everyone has the right to clean, safe, and reliable natural gas. You deserve peace of mind when it comes to paying your bill. If you’re experiencing financial hardship and aren't able to pay your bill, explore the available energy assistance funds. For additional help understanding your options, finding the right grant, or understanding your bill, please call (888.642.6748). We're here to help and support you. 

Park Forest Community Cares Fund
The Park Forest Community Cares Fund is a partnership between the Village of Park Forest and Respond Now. Through the program, Park Forest residents experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus may be eligible for a one-time credit to their Park Forest utility bill account. Contact Respond Now at 708-755-4357. 

Respond Now
1439 Emerald Ave, 
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Respond Now provides immediate, short-term assistance so families can meet their day-to-day needs and focus on looking for more long-term solutions. With the assistance of partners, donors, staff, and volunteers, we strive to break the cycle of poverty.

Respond Now assists our clients through the following services: food pantry, rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, foreclosure prevention, SNAP Outreach, Medicaid Expansion assistance, prescription medication vouchers, temporary lodging, transportation, clothing, Community Garden, books for children, Holiday Giveaway and Back-To-School backpacks and supplies.