Energy Assistance Programs

South-East Asia Center (SEAC) is part of the Energy Action Network (EAN). The EAN was created to expand winter heating assistance services in neighborhoods and encourage residents to save money year-round through energy efficiency measures.

Energy Assistance Program is administered by SEAC at 5120 Broadway (2nd floor)

Weatherization Program
Average 32% savings for heating and cooling bills equaling hundreds of dollars per year. An average $6,500 on heating system repair or replacement is spent per home according to the Department of Energy. Income limit is 200% poverty level or $48,600 per year for a family of four. The Weatherization Program runs year round.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
LIHEAP subsidizes energy utility bills.

The Summer LIHEAP program is meant to help households with seniors and/or people with disabilities pay for cooling costs, thus it will only provide assistance for electric bills, not gas bills. Generally runs in the second week in July. Households with seniors, people on disability, or households with an infant under the age of 36 months may apply provided they are below the income cap, which is 150% of poverty level ($3,075 gross income for a household of four). Program generally lasts one or two weeks. Due to Lack of Funds available, this program has been on hold.

The Winter LIHEAP program will help pay electric and gas bills, but will only cover heating gas. Non-heating gas bills are not covered by this program. Starting in October, only households below the income cap with seniors and/or people on disability may apply. Starting in December, all households below the income cap may apply. Program generally lasts until the next Spring.


Priority Period 1 Start: October 1, 2018
– Seniors & Disabled: Households that have a senior age 60 + or someone receiving Social Security Disability Benefits.

Priority Period 2 Start: November 1, 2018
– Households whose utilities have been disconnected or in imminent danger of disconnection.
– Households with Children age 5 and under.

Regular Application Period Start: December 1, 2018
– Open to all low-income households.

Program generally lasts until the next Spring

Share the Warmth
This is a People’s Energy program available only to People’s Energy customers who pay a rate one heating bill. Non-heating gas bill accounts are not eligible for the program. Program runs during the winter, dates may vary.

Commonwealth-Edison Hardship Fund
In cases of special hardship, Com-Ed will forgive past due balances up to $500. Household must be able to prove hardship within the six months prior to application (examples: serious illness, job loss, being on disability). Documentation of proof must be provided. Com-Ed account must be active (electricity still turned on, or only recently turned off). Applicants may apply once every three years and must have a gross income of 200% of poverty level or less.

Income guidelines effective October 1, 2018

Income Guidelines Table for Low Income Energy Programs
For More Information
For more information, contact the Broadway office. (773) 989-6927